About Cathy

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Writing has been an important part of Cathy’s life from as far back as she can remember. As a young girl, she loved grabbing her pencil and slowly, deliberately shaping each letter onto the paper to tell the stories that filled her head and then eagerly run, paper in hand to anyone who would listen.

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To be honest, things haven’t changed much at all! 

While raising her own three children, Cathy enjoyed being a licensed daycare provider for six children (infant - age 3).

 

It was truly the best job she ever had! Where else can you get paid for making forts, visiting the library, getting messy with glue and paints and savoring the love and affection of amazing children?

 

With all the children Cathy has been blessed to know and love, there has always been an abundance of silly, entertaining and funny situations that fed her imagination. She still loves to draw on them for her manuscripts.

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One of the highlights of Cathy’s career was working with her daughter Erica Leigh, (a professional illustrator-@ericaleighart) to publish her picture book “Forever Home.” What a thrill it was to be such an intimate part of its development, and to see her text come to life with such beautiful illustrations. She and Erica Leigh have been enjoying school visits where they can share their process of writing and illustration and joy of books with children, and promote adopting family pets from local shelters.

Along with picture books and children’s poetry, Cathy enjoys writing memoir and has begun to play with verse poetry. She is fascinated to listen to people’s personal stories and writing essays about them.  She continues to expand her knowledge by attending webinars and joining in writing challenges such as Vivian Kirkfield's #50PreciousWords Contest and Tara Lazar's Storystorm each year.

Some of my
all-time
favorite books

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Writing Awards

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Celebrating Independent Book Store Day with Paul and Peter H. Reynolds and my granddaughter

at the Blue Bunny.

2020 Boston Author's Club

Discovery Award honoree- 2nd Place

for her picture book manuscript, I Wish I Were.

 

The contest was open to 'participants who live within 100 miles of Boston and who have not had a picture book traditionally published.' This was the first year the BAC honored picture books. They were looking for "well-crafted stories with distinct voices."

 

Cathy was honored to be recognized by this prestigious group, who have had as its members, an amazing history of authors and Illustrators such as - Willa Cather,

Julia Ward Howe, Mark Twain and and Robert Louis Stevenson.

"Lovely and charming! ... the structure is perfect, and it was lots of fun to read aloud to my son... I can see why they chose you - you are a magical wordsmith. : )"

 
- Peter H. Reynolds - Author Illustrator

Professional Groups

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Julie Hedlund's 12x 12 Challenge

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Hudson, Mass.

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