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On sale May 5, 2015, A GIRL UNDONE, the sequel
and conclusion to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS

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A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS is a finalist for the Southern California
Independent Booksellers Association 2014 Young Adult Book Award.

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Catherine will appear at Not Your Mother's Book Club event at Books Inc.
at Opera Plaza with Gretchen McNeil and Anna Carey

Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm - 501 Van Ness, San Francisco

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Catherine will appear with Kim Culbertson at
Hicklebee’s Teen Advisory Board meeting in San Jose

September 19, 2014 at 7 pm. - 1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose

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Catherine will lead a workshop about writing great first pages
with Mollie Traver at Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1-4 PM.

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Catherine will meet with students from
Flintridge Preparatory School.

October 21, 2014

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Catherine will present a talk called
“Writing From the Lifeboat” at SCBWI Central California Writers Days.

October 25, 2014 at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Meet Catherine Author Biography
Catherine Linka has been immersed in books her whole life, most recently as a writer and a bookseller. Her debut novel is A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS, a young adult romantic spec fiction/political thriller. Catherine lives in Southern California where she watches hummingbirds and hawks when she should be working.
Personal Notes Author Biography

I was almost expelled in high school for being too verbal which basically meant I was too outspoken. I didn’t deal well with idiotic rules, and at my girls’ boarding school there were rules for everything like: “You are required to wear rain boots on rainy days.”  My parents never had rules, they had expectations which were much tougher to live up to, but at least I got to exercise my own judgement. I fought any rule I thought was stupid, and ended up having lots of “chats” with the Headmaster and Dean of Residence. I got in way more trouble than the girls who were smoking dope, drinking or sneaking off campus to meet guys.

My dad always assumed I could do anything a guy could. He took me hiking and backpacking in the Sierras, and taught me how to use an axe, which was great until I was thirteen, and he sent me over to another campsite to help some helpless college guys. Mortifying. He taught me how to paint a house and drive a stick, and pushed me to get a masters degree in business. Because he never believed that there was anything I couldn’t do because I was a girl, I grew up believing that, too.

I’m obsessed with history and politics. At Georgetown, I studied international politics and American diplomatic history. Geeky, I know. I like to read a mix of newspapers to get different points of view, and have three newspapers on my twitter feed. Recently, I’ve become very concerned about threats to women and children around the world and that definitely inspired scenes in my novel, A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS.

I’ve always been a reader. My mom used to say my first word was “booka.” The nuns at her school forced her to memorize poems, so she would recite metric poetry to me like ‘Annabel Lee’ by Edgar Allen Poe and ‘Lochinvar‘ by Sir Walter Scott. I believe that because of her, I fell in love not just with story, but with the sound and feel and rhythm of words. In high school, I worked on the literary magazine, and in college, was invited to be part of a poetry class with an amazing poet and teacher, Roland Flint.

I grew up in Northern California, and my dad loved the outdoors, so we’d go tide pooling, or hike out to the elephant seal colony or to Point Lobos to look for sea otters. He took us to Mount Lassen to see the cinder cone and to Devil’s Post Pile to see the basalt columns, and we’d go backpacking in Yosemite every year. My love of wildlife and dramatic landscapes definitely came from these experiences. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places like the Arctic Circle, the Amazon, the Galapagos, and Iceland and to see volcanos, glaciers, icebergs and geysers. Still on my list? The Northern Lights and Antarctica!

Author’s Writings


A Girl Called Fearless

Avie knows her life is over when her dad “Contracts” her in marriage to millionaire Jessop Hawkins. Hawkins has bought Avie to be his first lady as he runs for governor of California on the Paternalist ticket. But Avie’s lifelong friend, Yates, believes she has the strength to flee to freedom in Canada. As Yates draws her into the secret world of Exodus, their friendship turns to passion, and freedom means leaving Yates and hoping they can reunite over the border.

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Catherine speaks at writer’s conferences and book festivals about girl power, speculative fiction, writing great villains, pacing, and marketing for writers. Her school talks speak to perseverance and girls’ rights around the world. Catherine has appeared on numerous panels, covering first pages, book banning, speculative fiction, and the debut author experience. She enjoys talking to book clubs in person or by phone.

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