Nonfiction Book Award Status: SILVER
If you’re tired of just trudging through another day, if you’re looking for more out of life than the daily grind, if you’re seeking ways to get out of that rut or helping someone else get out, this book is for you. Get Happy, Dammit provides a pathway to greater happiness by helping readers build inspiration and motivation, two elements that can lead to a more fulfilling life. Each short chapter provides simple, proven exercises that allow readers to develop skills like mindfulness, time management, reframing, critical thinking, goal setting, and more, all designed to boost inspiration and motivation. Creatives, teachers, and coaches especially will discover or rediscover new ways to approach problems that plague us all and get in the way of progress. Individuals committed to improving their lives will find a DIY manual for enjoying a higher quality of life.
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from Northern Virginia. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. An active part of the literary community, Katherine is the current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside Nova’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Her children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category in 2019. Katherine took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest. The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project award for her participation in Write by the Rails’ Poems Around Town poetry installation.
While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for writing articles, columns, and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a government contracting company and is published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has authored eight books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April and A Crane Named Steve. Get Happy, Dammit was released in June 2020.