Katie’s first Mystery Trip was in 1997, when her dad planned a Christmas getaway in which the destination and all activities were a surprise. It was such a hit that it became an annual tradition, leading to many of Katie’s favorite memories. The trips were manageable road trips from Michigan (favorite destinations included Nashville, Louisville, and Charleston) rather than far-flung locales, but the excitement about hitting the road in mystery was all the same. Katie has also enjoyed traveling around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and British Isles, and she dreams of more travel—including to Italy, Austria, and Brazil—almost constantly. Her other interests include baking, reading, defending the serial comma, and enjoying her adopted city of Chicago.