South Australian-born Catherine Bauer is a journalist and writer who grew up in suburbs of Adelaide. A loud and proud bookworm, Catherine grew up reading the classics that lined her parents’ well-stocked home library.
She wrote, illustrated and submitted her first picture book at the age of eight and received a gently worded rejection letter – thus igniting her love for writing and determination to one day see her creative work in print.
While she has written and published children’s plays and has two picture books set for publication in 2018, Catherine lists her three sons as her life’s greatest work.
Catherine aims for her stories to spark all or one of the following three reactions in readers: ‘that’s me’; ‘I wish that was me’ or ‘I’m glad that’s not me’.
Her parents were both great story tellers and among her favourites were the ones in which her father recounted wonderful stories about finding joy in small things, his enthralling adventures and often hardships of a childhood growing up in WWII Germany. This is what inspired Colourful Memories.
Catherine loves travel, but doesn’t get enough time to indulge and fills a hunger to learn with private studies of history, most especially the period from the Middle Ages through to the Enlightenment.
Catherine's books with Wombat | Rhiza include: