Carrie Kabak assures us that Cover The Butter is not
autobiographical. However, it would seem that she has much in
common with her protagonist. Like Kate, she was discouraged from following
her artistic talent and desires and instead was directed firmly towards a "real
job". She says, "At eighteen, it was time to line up for career advice at
school. The Head Teacher studied our exam results. She pointed to each girl,
teacher, bank, nurse, teacher, bank, nurse. I was labelled 'teacher' and
encouraged to train for a real job.... So I went to Cardiff University to train
as a French, English and Art teacher. At college, an English professor pulled me
to one side. Why was I teaching, he asked. Why wasn't I writing? Because it's
not a proper job, I explained. Then make it one, he said."
Instead, she got married, taught, designed, and raised four children - then, six years ago, she moved from the UK to the USA and started to illustrate ...