As a sophomore, Kaitlyn Dorroh attended a summer camp called Author Squad. After the two weeks she spent in the camp, she excitedly exclaimed to her parents that one day she would become an author.
A little over a decade later, she was right.
Dorroh, an up-and-coming junior at Langtree Charter in Mooresville, celebrated the release of her first book “Adam’s Cape: The Missing Crew” in June, marking the end of a journey she began nearly eight years ago.
But not only does the new book let Dorroh fulfill her long-held dream of becoming an author, it also allows her to immortalize her cousin and his family through the Adam’s Cape Medical Fund.
“It’s really cool that the book has been published,” she said. “Not only for me, but also for my cousin for whom the book is raising money.”
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On June 9, Dorroh held a book launch party at Main Street Books in Davidson, complete with a book signing and tie-dye shirt making. With many of her friends helping to run the stations and even some teachers from her school coming to the event dressed as pirates, the event was a huge success with Dorroh selling over 80 books and raising more than $300 for it. Adam’s Cape Medical Fund in just a few hours.
The Adam’s Cape Medical Fund was established by Dorroh’s aunt to honor both her son Adam and her husband who died in a car accident in 2006. The accident also left her other son, Connor, with an incomplete spinal cord injury and years of recovery and medical treatment years later. The medical fund was established to help families cope with the sometimes extreme costs of medical bills for children in crisis.
Adam, who was only 6 years old when he died, was a big fan of superheroes and thus provided the inspiration for the name of the fund.
“There are a lot of things that insurance just doesn’t cover,” said Katrina Dorroh, Kaitlyn’s mother. “The fund not only keeps the memory of Adam alive, but also allows us to give back to other families.”
While on a beach trip, Kaitlyn first conceived the beginning of the story for her pirate-themed children’s book, making her cousin Adam the lead character with her and many of her relatives who also appear in the book.
“There’s a lot of stuff I wrote down in old notebooks that relates to the story that ended up in the book,” Dorroh said. “I even created the first illustrations for the book that at one point I thought I would use for the published version.”
However, instead of using her own illustrations, Dorroh reconnected with an artist she had met at summer camp and the book was published through Headline Books.
“It was really exciting to see the book when it was finished,” she said.
“When I saw the final manuscript back from the publisher, it felt real,” Katrina said. “It was so exciting to see Kaitlyn’s name on the cover. After that, waiting for the four months from final approval to getting the first copies was the hardest part.”
Kaitlyn isn’t done yet either. She has already completed the writing process for the second Adam’s Cape book and hopes to make it a series over time.
“I want this to be a good, long series,” she said. “I don’t know how much, but that’s my goal.”
“Adam’s Cape: The Missing Crew” is currently available for purchase locally at Main Street Books in Davidson and at Paige Turner Books and Boutique in Mooresville. It can also be purchased online at www.headlinebooks.com.
For more information about the Adam’s Cape Medical Fund, visit www.adamscapeadventures.org or www.adamscape.org.