I used to think of myself as a nurse, not a writer. So what made me

 have a book published in my seventh decade? 

Mindy McGinnis, author of multiple novels and short stories, has my answer. 

Click on the link below.


Memoir, I Need to Tell You is here! Order wherever books are sold. If you like the book, please take a moment to leave a comment on Amazon or Goodreads.


My copy arrived! I am amazed and dismayed - did I really do this? Hell, yeah

 I began studying the craft of storytelling in 2015 and wrote everyday till I had a completed manuscript. Some days I felt turned inside out from the sharp memories that emerged. At first I used a pseudonym- no way could I put my name on this story. There’s a lot of embarrassing stuff in my history.

I learned:
#1, a memoir without your true name may as well be fiction.
#2, cut deep until your blood gushes out. The writing must be that honest! I’m not so different from most women in America. We all have a story. And this is mine. #grateful



MAY 12

It’s Never Too Late

My work as a nurse specialist is in the rear view mirror and I'm honored to have had that career. But now I have this one as an author. Some people might think that your later years mean sitting in a rocker with a cat or a grandchild on your lap. Not for me. There is so much left to do. I had some false starts after retirement. Such as... I bought a new cello. I knew nothing about music except that I love strings. Turns out, practicing an hour a day wasn't as doable as I thought. My elbow pained after fifteen minutes. My husband left the house when I practiced. But I still love the instrument and tune it when the weather changes. 

Then, I decided I wanted to tell my story that I'd kept secret most of my life. So, I took writing classes and found my niche with fellow writers. Writing is much more challenging than I imagined. If you're interested in learning to write, send me an email. I'd love to talk to you about it.

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading these days?

5 stars. Earlier in the month I finished listening to Erika Krouse's memoir/suspense, Tell Me Everything. The story is intriguing on many levels. The author's personal history of sexual assault tangles up with the crimes she has been hired to investigate. I loved the part about her talent as a 'listener' and her ability to discern meaning from a character's slightest inflections/gestures. The story itself, of the worship given to college football players is disturbing and fascinating. I highly recommend the book. I listened to the audible version and loved it. 

4.0 stars. Yesterday, I finished Claire Lombardo's novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had. It's an easy read, a story of a happily married couple and their four daughters all of which have competing personalities and their own private gripes, history, etc. I liked the book a lot. The one negative was the continual lovey dovey parents who, although they have one rough patch in the book, the author piled it on a little too deep for me.

5.0 stars John by Cynthia Lennon, a biography of John Lennon's time with his first wife Cynthia. After watching the Beatles series on Disney Plus titled "Let it Be", my interest in the Beatles was reignited. The audible book was approved by Julian Lennon, their son, in a Forward. I found it well written, and enjoyed learning the backstory for this superstar's early days as a Beatle (before Yoko Ono). For anyone interested in John Lennon, I highly recommend it. 

 4.5 stars I finished Crossroads and discovered a thirty-five minute narrator-author interview at the end. The quality of the reader's delivery is appealing, well paced and for the most part, as the author intended. Each character has their own story except for the youngest boy. I discovered by way of the interview that a sequel is in process which takes place twenty-five years later. That young boy will be a main character in the sequel. Franzen gets into the minds of his characters. The brilliant Perry with misfit issues then substance abuse (imbibing in the vodka punch at a neighbor's party) the eldest, Clem and his self discovery and fall from grace, Becky the beautiful and her morphing into an adult, Marian the mother with skeletons in her closet, and Russ, the minister/husband/father/philanderer. The story kept me interested and occupied during my daily walks.  

Fun Days

 October 31, 2021

Burlington, North Carolina for Halloween! Granddaughter Summer, Luna, and Mr. Grumpy Pumpkin :))

Reedsy Winner

October 1, 2021


You Won! 👏

Hey Cathryn, thank you for submitting 'Take that Drink' to the Reedsy Writing Prompts Contest!

Your story was gorgeously atmospheric and deeply moving, and in equal parts painful and hopeful. Your depiction of the world we're now living in, and the personal tragedies facing so many families everyday which are so often lost in the scale of COVID and drowned out by sheer numbers, was affecting and delicately rendered. And we were very grateful for a happy ending! Thank you for sharing your work with us.

We are delighted to let you know that it won the Come Rain or Shine edition of our contest! You can check it out here:


Majestic, awe inspiring. Alaska

September 30, 2021

Glacier Bay, the brightest day and most stunning views of our trip

Clear skies. Distant thunder again and again. Glacier is on the move     


Everything has a beginning and everything has an end.


Cathryn Reads and Writes

Monday Sept. 20, 2021

Late summer evening in Helvetia, Oregon


Greetings fellow readers! Welcome to my blog where I plan to offer my reflections on books, movies, and documentaries that I want to share. I hope you find something here that interests you and ask that you please post reactions and ideas as well. 

 Forgive any missteps on this forum since I"m not the most computer savvy person on the planet. But I will learn as I go! Thanks for stopping by. May the world treat you well.                   ~Cathryn