About Me

Where do I begin? At the beginning?

This is me. No, really.
This is me. No, really.

I grew up in western Massachusetts, where my father taught at a boarding school called Northfield Mount Hermon School. It was a really cool place to be and if you can afford it, you should totally go. Or apply for financial aid, or something. But then, you may want to go to high school at home. It’s not for everybody.

After college at Wesleyan University (and I’m not saying I’m old, but I just noticed my track and field coach is being inducted to the Athletics Hall of Fame), where I majored in Silliness and Being Juvenile, I entered the horrible world of work. Avoid this as long as you can. I’m serious. Get a graduate degree and a Ph. D. and whatever else you can finagle. Or you will end up, like me, a secretary at age 21. It’s not a pretty picture.

Eventually I got it together, worked in publishing in New York City and landed writing contracts. But that part is boring. Have I told you about my cats?

Dominic and Cinnamon, Synchronized Sleeping
Dominic and Cinnamon, Synchronized Sleeping

8 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I am doing a author biography project about Midwestern authors, and you are my author. I can not find much information about you, so could you tell me about yourself? I am reading your book “Love and Other Things I’m Bad at”. Thank you!

  2. Hi Catherine,
    I am a german Student. In my English lessons I must hold a book presentation. An English book 🙂 I don’t know why, but maybe it is because I love the “Gilmore Girls”-series, I choose “Like Mother,Like Daughter”. I know it is not a book, which story is based on your ideas, but i have some questions and I am interested more in you biographical Details, too. Can you please send me an E-Mail? Thanks!

  3. Hi Cathy, I hope this is the right place to leave this message! My name is Ariel and I am very interested in reading your book My So Called Life Goes On. Is it the second book of two books that you wrote based on the TV series? Anyway, I can’t find the book for any cheaper than $125. And that is awesome, go you! But also too expensive. Do you know of any way I can get your book for not that price? Is there a version online? Does anyone have one they could lend me???? 🙂

    1. Hi Ariel,

      I’m sorry, but I just saw this message now! My site was supposed to forward comments to me. That’s what I get for trying to set it up on my own.

      Thanks for writing about MSCL Goes On. It was a follow-up to the series after it ended, so it doesn’t have “original” material, but rather continues the story over the following summer. It was a bit of a rush job, so it’s not my best book. I think you can save the $125 for a used copy. Look for one at a garage sale?
      If I had extras, I’d send you one! I only have one or two.

      Good luck??? Or, skip it and be happy.

      Best wishes,

  4. I love the book How to Meet Boys and I’m doing a project in class and we need to email our favorite author and I wanted to email you. So please email me and you will have a letter/email back soon.

  5. Hi Catherine! I am doing a biographical project for school and I would like to know a bit more about you! I read your book “11 Things I Promised.” I need to know how your life influenced your writing(plot events, characters, themes, etc) By the way I really enjoyed your book ’11 Things I promised.”

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