Kate of the Week: Kaitlin “Kaitertot” Marie, secretary and zombie film nut

Kaitlin MarieThere are so many fascinating Kates out there. And every week, Kate-book.com is resolving to introduce you to a new one. This week, I would like you to meet Kaitlin Marie, 24, of Valparaiso, IN, about 45 minutes outside Chicago. Tomorrow, she’ll be launching a new column on the the site called “My CompliKAITed Life,” about being a post-college grad living with her parents and hoping to get started on her career path as soon as possible. Without further ado, 13 questions with Kait.

Who is your favorite famous Kate?

Oooh, so hard to choose! I was Kathryn Howard (Henry VIII’s fifth wife) for Halloween one year, after I did a research project on her. I always thought that people who were beheaded (and consequently haunted places like the Tower of London) were very interesting. I’m a morbid kid at heart.

Tell me about a Kate out there who you wish were a household name.

Katherine Anne Porter. She’s one of my favorite writers, and I suppose she’s pretty well known if you’re Englishy and into older American short stories. She’s got such a great style. I love her writing. I think her most well known story is “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.”

What do you do?

I’m a mild mannered secretary by day and a sexually charged vigilante in spandex by night. Although most nights I just blog or goof off on Pinterest. It’s social media vigilante-ism.

How did you get started in your line of work or study?

I spent 2011 living and working in Costa Rica, and I just returned to the States on February 1st of this year. I wanted to hit the ground running, so I’d already applied to this secretary job before my plane landed, and I started about 2 weeks after arriving in the States.

Kaitlin MarieWhat’s something you wish people knew or understood better about what you do?

Parents, man. They just don’t understand! (Just kidding.) I’m not really sure how to answer this one, as my life is pretty much an open book. I guess I’d like people reading my column to understand that I do NOT want to be a secretary forever. This is a preliminary job.

In an ideal world, where making a living weren’t an issue, what would you be doing?

In an ideal world, I’d be traveling. I’d want to buy a place on the beach in Costa Rica because I love it there, but I’d also be off exploring Europe, India, Japan, China, Russia, Nicaragua…

What’s a band, television show, book, or movie that you hope Kate-book readers will go watch, listen to, or read RIGHT NOW?

There are sooooo many books I could recommend off the top of my head. One of my great favorites is World War Z by Max Brooks. They’re making it into a movie too! (I <3 zombie movies!)

What’s your favorite stop to make on a road trip?

I like to get out and explore the little random restaurants.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?

I’m not sure I really have one. But I will pretend that it’s Emma Stone because she’s awesome.

What’s the first concert you ever went to?

When I was in first or second grade, my parents took us to see Weird Al Yankovich. Best concert ever!

If you were forced to get a tattoo right at this moment, what would you get?

I have two tattoos already. I have a branch of cherry blossoms on my ankle, and script on my shoulder blade that reads “tener duende”, which is a Spanish phrase. If I had to get another tattoo, I’d love to get something on the inside of my wrist. I really like delicate white tattoos.

What’s your favorite thing about your name?

I’m Kaitlin, but my friends and family call me Kait. One of my friends calls me “Kaitertot.” In eighth grade we did some really in-depth research on the meanings of our names. Kaitlin is the irish verision of Catharine, which means “purity.” I think it also meant something about the moon, but I can’t remember what. Either which way, I find it both appropriate and hilarious that my name means purity.

Your least favorite thing about your name?

I both love and hate the spelling of my name. After 24 years, my Aunt STILL spells my name  with a Y and not an I. *sigh*


Know a Kate, Caty, Katherine, or Catelynn who needs to be Kate of the Week? Awesome! Send me a tip at kate.torgovnick@gmail.com. I will be in touch with them soon.

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3 thoughts on “Kate of the Week: Kaitlin “Kaitertot” Marie, secretary and zombie film nut

  1. katetorg says:

    You have the best nickname ever. Just sayin!

  2. Kaitertot says:

    Thanks, kateorg!!! I have my friend Jamie to thank for that. I wish I had an equally amusing nickname for her. Alas, I simply refer to her as “Jamietot”.

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