I’m an author of books for children and teens, short stories for adults, and reports for corporate clients. I’m also an avid reader, an animal-lover, a quilter, a flat-water kayaker, and a mother/ wife/ sister/ friend of many wonderful people.
I called this website “books and animals” because those are my favourite things. If I had to choose between them, I’d choose animals because they’re alive. Books are not alive, though the best ones feel that way.
Catherine Austen writes for children, teens, and adults. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies including The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Tesseracts. Her first children’s novel, Walking Backward, was published with Orca in 2009. Her subsequent books include a YA award-winner, All Good Children (Orca), two middle-grade comedies, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (Lorimer) and 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6 (Lorimer), and one unfortunately titled picture-book, My Cat Isis (Kids Can Press). Catherine’s books have won the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s Literature, the Sunburst Award, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award. Catherine is a literacy tutor for Sage Youth, and she edits an annual youth-writing anthology, Pot-pourri, for the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. She has given writing workshops and presentations from coast to coast. She is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Catherine lives in Gatineau, Quebec.