Katrina Shawver is an experienced writer, blogger, speaker and library geek. She holds a BA from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science and a paralegal certificate from Phoenix College. She began her writing career more than twenty years ago by writing hundreds of newspaper columns for the Arizona Republic.
In 2002, she met Henry Zguda, an eighty-five-year-old Polish (Catholic) survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald during WWII. He lived a mile from her house and had a great story. After one interview she impulsively offered to write his story, which was published in November 2017. In addition to many accolades for her book "HENRY," she is the recipient of the 2018 Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress of Arizona for "her contribution to the documentation of the suffering inflicted on Polish people during the Holocaust."
AWARDS for "HENRY: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America"
2018 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest – First Place for Published Nonfiction
2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award – Silver for Biography
2017 The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (UK) – Gold for Adult Non-Fiction
2018 Reader Views Literary Awards – Winner in Four categories:
First Place Biography, First Place Regional, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, Best Regional Book of the Year
2018 Feathered Quill Book Award – Second Place for Historical
2017 Advice Books (Italy) – Voted Best of 2017