Niagara Gazette —
Toronto native Jewel Kats considers herself a diva, but her only demands are the ones she puts on herself. Kats, also known as a “DitzAbled Princess” is one diva that remains positive.
Kats, 34, is an award-winning comic-strip writer and children’s book author. She will be at the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., for a two-day event Friday and Saturdayin Buffalo.
What makes Kats a diva? Her personal definition is, “a woman who is not afraid to go after what she wants — sassy, determined."
Her physical challenges began at age 9, when she was in a car accident. She spent weeks in the hospital, recovering. She has had eight leg surgeries and walks with hot pink crutches. But her disability has not stopped her from fulfilling her dreams.
Kats is the author of seven books for Loving Healing Press, including her Mom’s Choice Award winners: “Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair” and “The Princess and the Ruby: An Autism Fairy Tale.” She is currently a nominee for the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, a former intern for Entertainment Tonight Canada, former teen-advice columnist and was filmed in a documentary series for the Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) Network.
Kats has learned to do things differently and considers her disability her fortune. “I have been shaped into the person I am today. I can’t run a mile, but I can out-write anyone!”
Fans of princesses and kings will appreciate Kats’ versions of fairy tales. She spent five years writing “Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair,” partly because she did not personally settle for her first draft and kept re-writing. She then thought her job was done, but had to keep “selling” the book to publishers. Her second book, “Reena’s Bollywood Dream: A Story about Sexual Abuse,” sold in 48 hours. Kats has many aspiring goals and has put her social life on hold for a career to meet them. Soft spoken, she shared, “My work is what I live and breathe for – I don’t mind the extra hours. I never write something for the sole purpose of making money.”