Cathy Hartley is the author of the middle-grade series The Plight of the Plexus. Cathy’s fascination with the mysteries of the Universe, Renaissance paintings and her love for fast-paced fantasy novels sparked the idea for book one in the series, The Primal Key (August 2016).
Although dyslexia delayed her love for books, it never dampened her thirst for a great, new or well-retold story. From ages 9-14, some of her favorite books included:
– A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle,
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit,
– The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin,
– Everything written by Judy Blume, and
– The Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A. Milne.
In high school and later, after reading most of Agatha Christie’s novels, Cathy enjoyed reading Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, James Mitchner, Michael Crichton and all of the Star Wars novels. She still carves out time to read the latest middle-grade and young-adult science fiction and fantasy books.
Cathy loves art museums of all types (The Metropolitan Museum of Art is her favorite). She practices Kung Fu and Qigong, but keeping up with her middle-school son is what really keeps her young in body and in spirit. Cathy was born in Atlanta, GA and spent her early childhood in rural Kentucky and Detroit, Michigan before her parents settled in Lancaster, PA. Now, Cathy lives in NJ with her husband, her son, and Styx, her labradoodle (named for the mythological river not the rockin’ band).
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