Katie Beringer is a debut author who, after losing her beautiful husband to cancer at age 58, was encouraged by her more daring and adventurous girlfriends to jump into the exciting online dating arena! She knew that she had many more life and “love chapters” left in her youthful spirit, and she was ready to delve into this new experience. Ha! … little did she know the roller coaster ride that awaited her.
She found her “purpose” by compiling her stories into He Said What?!, a dating guide offering tips and screening tools to help empower and inspire women to effectively navigate their love journey. Katie has been teasing her inner-circle “sisterhood” for years that she would someday “expose” her real-life crazy adventures in a bestselling book about her online dating stories … here it is!
Katie had a successful 30-year career in the mortgage banking industry, building several billion-dollar teams for a Fortune 100 company. She is the founder of a Leadership Consultancy firm and utilizes her business expertise and mentorship to work with clients from tech Entrepreneurs to large corporations.
She is a native “Los Angelean,” who leans to the artistic side. She has owned many vintage cars, collects antiques and enjoys investing in real estate projects. She also competes in the Ballroom dance arena.
She splits her time between her charming 1923 Rosebowl home (she shared with her hubby) and her “enchanted storybook” cottage at the lake in Big Bear, CA. This cottage was previously owned by the popular singing movie cowboy, Roy Rogers!
Learn more about Katie on her website, and read our review of He Said What?! here.
Your biggest literary influences:
Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, John Grisham, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Carl Hiaasen
Last book read:
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (very good!)
The book that changed your life:
I started reading at a very young age and it was life-altering in fostering my imagination and spirit of adventure. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson fueled my curiosity about other lands and the hunt for hidden treasure on a remote island. It is about the complex relationship between a young, naive boy and “Long John Silver,” an unethical pirate who was both a mentor with suspect motives and narcissistic tendencies. A wonderful read.
I’d have to add a second influential work: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. This contributed greatly to my love for mysteries and dark murderous characters. The lesson for me was to beware of how one’s moral compass can be skewed to justify just about anything. The beating heart (after death) represents how guilt and one’s conscience is a strong equalizer. This story was most impactful as a cautionary tale.
Your favorite literary character:
If I can only pick one … it would be Pippi Longstocking. Pippi was a young girl with total independence and I was envious! Her father was a sea captain who was usually out to sea, who later became a King of a South Sea island and her mother had died at Pippi’s birth. She had a horse that would mop her floors with brushes attached to his feet (quite innovative) and her lifestyle aligned with my love of animals. Her home was a gathering place for all her friends to invent fun, youthful adventures each day and infused my young brain with all the possibilities that lay ahead.
Mary Poppins was a close second! She embodied positivity, a strong and creative approach to conflict resolution and appreciating life. In retrospect, I now understand (as a mature woman) the impact her character played on my young, 10-year-old imagination. She is still my “hero.”
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Words to live by:
Life is a gift … Wrap yourself well.
Advice for aspiring authors:
Go for it, it’s equal parts therapeutic, scary and exhilarating.