Catherine (Cathy) has enjoyed expressing thoughts, feelings, and observations in writing ever since she was a toddler scribbling in the margins of her preacher-father’s theology books. Born in Colorado, she grew up moving from town to town in California, then married and raised children near the Redwoods. Returning to Colorado in midlife, she finds inspiration along mountain trails, rivers, and meadows, and she visits the salty shores of an ocean at every opportunity. She believes that ‘God is love.’
Catherine has worked as a substitute teacher and English reader in public schools, a piano teacher and church musician, and as an editor, publisher, and speaker. She sees life as an upward journey, a challenging but surprise-filled adventure, and an unfolding story. Through novels, memoirs, essays and poetry she explores the depths of our relationships with God, each other, and nature. Inner healing is a theme running through her life and work.
Cathy had her first poem published in a national periodical at the age of twelve. Since then her byline has appeared in numerous periodicals and book compilations. She has a BA degree in English from Pasadena College/Point Loma Nazarene University and took graduate courses in education and in theology. Cathy and her husband, Larry, have participated in and led short-term mission teams to Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, Sicily & Rome, and Peru.
The Lawtons love spending time with their two grown children and their spouses, and their six beautiful grandchildren. They enjoy making new friends and keeping in touch with the “old.”
As co-owner and publisher of Cladach Publishing, Catherine has had a hand in the acquisition, editing, and design of all Cladach’s titles. She still manages to find time for her first love, writing—she blogs here and here. She has authored five Cladach books (below). Her second collection of poetry, Glimpsing Glory : Poems of Living & Dying, Praying & Playing, Belonging & Longing, will be released in 2020.
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