Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and TorStar Syndication Service (Canada). She's won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network, and women's book publisher: Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine (USA) twice. She’s authored seven books—five are about disabilities. Jewel is the writer, and real-life character behind “DitzAbled Princess”—a popular reality-series webcomic strip.
Title: “DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life”
Author: Jewel Kats
Illustrator: Katarina Andriopoulos
Page count: 72 pages
Genre: Humor/comics/disabilities/graphic novel
Price: $13.46 (paperback) $4.95 (Kindle ebook)
Tell us about your book:
Jewel at 33 is a Princess in her own right.
She's a fun-loving, demanding Diva who loves to shop as much she loves to write. Jewel is the apple of everyone's eye--be it her doting family, her doctor for her never-ending bowel issues, her pushy book editor and especially her frugal husband's soft spot. So, what's Jewel 's weakness? Her pet dogs: Snowie and Dolly. Particularly, naughty Snowie who is known to pee wherever he fancies--including Dolly's face!
For Jewel, her physical disability doesn't dampen her spirits. Rather, it enhances them. She gets to use an unusual fashion accessory (Imagine: A hot pink elbow crutch.) She gets out of doing housework. She gets carried up-and-down stairs like a Princess a la command. Jewel may be horribly messy, terrible with numbers and a workaholic, but nobody can imagine life without her. Not that she would let them, anyway! She has a big mouth, remember?
“DitzAbled Princess” is laid out like a graphic novel, but is meant for anyone curious about women’s comic strips.
How long did it take to write the book?
The book was in production for approximately one year before it hit the market.
What inspired you to write the book?
“You’re always reading Betty and Veronica Double Digests. You’re such a funny character in real life. Why don’t you try writing a comic strip?”
My dear hubby—then fiancé—uttered these life-altering words. Little did he know I’d write a reality-series comic strip about the HERE and NOW. In other words, he’s a part of the comic’s “cast”!
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I lucked out. “DitzAbled Princess” is a diary about my life. I just have to live life to its fullest, and take note of all the quirky circus-like happenings around me. Often, this means recording things on whatever I can find. Think: McDonald’s napkins! Think: Candy wrappers!
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Disabilities and having fun can go hand-in-hand. I want to show the world at large that being physically different doesn’t mean life is over. You can still have a rockin’ good time! And, yes, divas with disabilities DO exist. You just won’t find us in a typical Barbie doll toy box.
Excerpt from book:
Where can we go to buy your book?
You can find “DitzAbled Princess: A Comical Diary” in just about all online book retailers. Just take a look, and see J
Any other links or info you'd like to share?
“DitzAbled Princess” runs as a webcomic at: http://tapastic.com/series/316. New episodes are released every Wednesday and Sunday. You can even subscribe for FREE!
“DitzAbled Princess” also has a super cute line of character merchandise. Please visit: www.ditzabledprincess.com to learn more.
Follow Jewel Kats at
You can find out more about Jewel Kats, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/cplfx6g