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Katherine Preston on her new book

Katherine PrestonKatherine Preston is the author of Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice. She visited AIS to several years ago in order to interview Catherine Montgomery and visit with our Tuesday night support/practice group. Its been along time coming, but her book is finally hitting the shelves! She was kind enough to participate in a brief interview about her book with AIS clinician Carl Herder.

 

What led you to write this book?

In 2008, I felt like I was trapped and living someone else’s life. I had a good, sensible job in asset management in London but I was worried that I would never fulfill whatever potential I had. I was afraid that my life would be ruled by something as uncontrollable as my voice. So I decided to face my biggest fear. I set off on a year long adventure to interview over a hundred stutterers, researchers and speech therapists all over America (even talking to celebrities like Emily Blunt and Bill Withers). I wanted to immerse myself in stuttering, to find out why it happened and how people were living their lives. I hoped that I would be able to turn my experiences into a book of oral histories and, more quietly, I imagined that I might stumble upon a cure.

What is your book about?Out_With_It_cover

When I began writing Out With It I envisioned it as a collection of stories from all the people I interviewed. Yet, in writing it I realized that I couldn’t do their stories justice without being honest and vulnerable myself. So the book evolved into a memoir and an investigation of stuttering through the voices of the people I interviewed. The book begins the day I start stuttering and tracks the long and, somewhat flawed, journey I took to find my voice. It is about learning that the part of myself that I always wanted to hide is, in fact, the best part of me.

When will your book become available?

Out With It is being published by Simon & Schuster and will be released on April 16th. You can pre-order it on Amazon and hear all the latest updates by following me on my blog, Facebook and Twitter.

By | 2017-02-19T06:26:57+00:00 March 28th, 2013|Featured, Friends, News in Stuttering, People Who Stutter|3 Comments


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  1. […] founder, Catherine Montgomery, years ago as she was doing research for her book, and we published a blog post about the release of Out With It in March. More recently, just last week Katherine was one of the keynote speakers at the National […]

  2. Katherine Preston interviewed about ‘Out With It’ on NBC’s Today Show - The American Institute for Stuttering September 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    […] founder, Catherine Montgomery, years ago as she was doing research for her book, and we published a blog post about the release of Out With It in March. More recently, just last week Katherine was one of the keynote speakers at the National […]

  3. […] founder, Catherine Montgomery, years ago as she was doing research for her book, and we published a blog post about the release of Out With It in March. More recently, just last week Katherine was one of the keynote speakers at the National […]

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