Saturday, May 26, 2018

New Biography of Katrina Simpkins Displays Girl's Courage

Credit: Guardian Angel Publishing
The inspiring biography of Katrina Simpkins by award-winning author Nancy Stewart.

Award-winning children's author Nancy Stewart pens the inspirational story of Katrina Simpkins.

In the movie, Dolphin Tale, we learned the inspirational story of Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail after it got caught in a crab trap. She was rescued and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, where they fitted her with a prosthetic tail.

Now, award-winning children's author, Nancy Stewart, brings you the inspiring story of Katrina Simpkins and her relationship with Winter the tailless dolphin. In Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, a chapter book released in April by Guardian Angel Publishing, readers ages 8 - 12 can witness how one girl longing to be normal befriended a dolphin who lost its tail, and how they became partners in courage.

Stewart, who owns a condo in Clearwater with her husband, was approached by Maria Simpkins, Katrina's mother, to write this biography. Having only written fiction in the past, Stewart felt this would be challengingly different.

Katrina was born with a birth defect, Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD). This condition caused Katrina's right leg to be shorter than the left one, and for her right foot to be much smaller as well. Because of her prosthesis, she never felt like a normal girl. Meeting Winter made a huge impact on her life. You can read her story in Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage.

Nancy is the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children: One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Her travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. She is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education. Nancy is a frequent speaker at conferences, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

She and her husband live in Tampa and St. Louis. Visit Nancy online at

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