Cathy grew up just outside of Annapolis, Maryland, on a beautiful little point on the Chesapeake Bay. She spent her childhood Summers boating, fishing and crabbing; and dreaming up my own stories.
After a career with the National Security Agency (NSA) that took her around the world, she now lives by the beach in Jupiter, Florida, with her golden retriever Aimee. She is a full-time author writing mystery and spy novels, with a fun selection of children’s books as well!
She volunteers with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County helping children read.
On Grandpop’s Lap was inspired by Cathy’s Dad and her nephew Zachary. My Dad’s favorite saying was “You need to occupy your mind”. He felt a busy mind made a happy person. Dad, I hope heaven is keeping you busy.
Executive Director of the Palm Beach Writers Group (PBWG)
Cathy is the Executive Director of the Palm Beach Writers Group (PBWG). The PBWG is an organization that supports writers, authors, dramatists, poets, editors, publishers, and agents in Palm Beach County, Florida. Membership is open to the public and we welcome new members. The Palm Beach Writers Group was created to support and encourage local writers who are published or have works in progress.
At monthly meetings, we share our expertise about writing and our experiences with publishing and marketing. We learn from each other as well as from our exceptional speakers. Meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of the month – October through April. Author book signing events are held June and July. Our books are carried at the Classic Bookshop, 310 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480. See: www.palmbeachwritersgroup.com for more information.
Board Member Mal de Debarquement Syndrome Balance Disorder Foundation
Cathy has been a board member of the MdDS Foundation since September 2009. She was diagnosed with MdDS in Sep 2007 and has remained active in raising awareness of MdDS in numerous TV, Radio and newspaper interviews.
Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS) or Disembarkment Syndrome is a rare disorder that most often develops following an ocean cruise. Less often, the perceived sensation of motion follows prolonged air or auto travel. More common in women than men, the symptoms of MdDS include a persistent sensation of motion (rocking/swaying/bobbing/tumbling) that is usually associated with fatigue, imbalance, and difficulty concentrating (impaired cognition). Some patients develop MdDS after extended boat or train travel, or other motion experience, or even spontaneously, i.e., they lack an identifiable motion event. The intensity of symptoms is highly variable among patients but may be quite disabling. Symptoms are often reduced when in passive motion such as in a moving car, airplane, or train. After remission, the recurrence rate of MdDS is high and symptoms usually more severe. Unfortunately, MdDS may persist for years, is frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, lacks an effective treatment, and the cause remains unknown.
The MdDS Balance Disorder Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. The Foundation promotes international awareness of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) while advocating for those living with MdDS and seeking treatments and a cure for people suffering from this rare neurological disorder. The Foundation works to promote education and research of MdDS, a rare and poorly understood disorder of perceived motion. For more information visit: www.mddsfoundation.org