About Catherine

The Mini, It Could (Almost) Fit on a Postcard, Author Bio:

Catherine Stier won a creative writing contest—in first grade. Since then she has authored eight children’s books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Stier has served as a newspaper columnist and freelance magazine writer, instructed writing classes, led a library Teen Writing Club and conducted academic research on children’s picture books. Her books have received honors from the International Reading Association, the Bank Street College of Education, and others. Stier holds a BA in Communication Arts and an MA in Reading and Literacy. Born in Michigan, Stier now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

The Charm Bracelet Bio

(or the Writing Resume I Wear on My Wrist)

charm-bracelet-photo

As a child, I had a charm bracelet with charms that marked the places I visited and the important events in my life.  As a grownup, I started a new charm bracelet – with each charm representing a part of my writing life.  I call it “my writing resume on my wrist.”  Instead of a traditional bio, I offer this…

The Queen Mary Ship

This charm represents my first historical picture book, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! which takes place on the ship the Queen Mary.  I conducted a book signing and was a guest at the WWII War Brides Reunion on this amazing ship, permanently docked now in Long Beach, CA.

Candy Cane

Wrote two Holiday feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.  As a freelance magazine writer, I published 25+ how-to, craft & feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.

Newspaper

Served as a newspaper columnist for 8 years for The Schaumburg Review newspaper.  Also published articles in The Chicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News and other newspapers.

Teapot

Published my first poem titled “When Jean Forgot to Say When,” a wild tea party tale-in-verse, in Highlights magazine.

Bug

Published three bug books, BUGS IN MY HAIR?!, BARNABY THE BEDBUG DETECTIVE, and WHAT’S BUGGING NURSE PENNY.

The White House

Published three presidential/election books, IF I WERE PRESIDENT,  IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT and TODAY ON ELECTION DAY.  The White House Historical Association featured IF I WERE PRESIDENT in their gift shop.

Heart

For two short story romances in Woman’s World magazine.

Hawaiian Quilt

Wrote a Hawaiian crafts feature and other articles for Children’s Playmate and Child Life magazines.

Book

For my first novel, THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF THE TELL-ALL CLUB.

Ship’s Wheel

For a sea shanties article in Highlights magazine. I published 25+ stories, articles and crafts in Highlights magazine (by the way, sea shanties are songs sailors sang as they worked).

Mount Rushmore

For a book signing at Mount Rushmore.  The sculpture also appears in the books IF I WERE PRESIDENT and IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT.

Statue of Liberty

Wrote a family travel cover article for Woman’s Day magazine.  That issue featured a photo of my kids in front of Lady Liberty.

Roadrunner

Mascot of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I conducted research on children’s literature and authored/co-authored 3 academic articles on children’s picture books during the completion of a Master’s Degree in Reading & Literacy.

Five “Terrible Secrets” Questions

In THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF THE TELL-ALL CLUB (Albert Whitman & Company), the wily Kiley writes up questions that she tell her friends they must answer to be in her club.  One friend answers seriously, one with anger, one with jokes.  Since I made my characters answer these questions, it seems only fair I answer a few myself… 

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER GAVE SOMEONE?

Well, I hope my writing tips in the “This Writer’s Journey” will help aspiring young writers!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPINGS?

Veggies!  Not too much cheese, and lots of red pizza sauce.  Extra sauce, even, on the side (I like to dip the crust in sauce)

IF YOU HUNG UP A POSTER IN YOUR ROOM OR LOCKER, WHO OR WHAT WOULD BE ON THE POSTER?

Right now, I DO have three vintage-style travel posters hang in my writing room:

  • The ship, The Queen Mary (important to me because my book WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! takes place on the Queen Mary)
  • Mount Rushmore (important to me because I was invited to conduct a book signing event there)
  • The Grand Canyon (important to me because I love this National Park and I hope to maybe write a book set there some day)

WHAT ONE THING ABOUT YOU WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE IF THE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT?

Maybe that I lived on a small island in the Caribbean Sea, called Curaçao, for four months.  My son was just a baby then, and we visited the market, the aquarium and played in the sea.  I learned how to say a few words in Papiamento, one of the languages spoken on the island.

curacaos-floating-market

curacao-beach

WHAT IS THE MOST SURPRISING THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU LATELY?

Well, despite the fact that I wrote answers to some of these questions for three different characters – I never expected to be writing answers for Kiley’s questions myself!