About Cathleen Townsend

Therese portrait 2010I always wanted to write fiction, even as a child, but for many years I never had anything I thought was good enough to share. My favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, and that’s an intimidating standard.

I finally began by writing biographies of my family members, mostly those from the Greatest Generation, since I have a keen interest in history. After that, the whole process seemed a lot more possible, as if something inside me had clicked into place. So, then I sat down and started writing novels, and it was like they exploded out of me. Eighteen months later, I had seven novels written and no idea what to do with them.

Editing and revision are still a work in progress for me, as is learning about publishing and promotion. I’d like to invite you to join me for those parts of this journey you find relevant.

I also enjoy writing short stories. Some I submit to online mags and publishers, but others go straight to my blog. I write mostly fantasy, but ghost stories, historicals, and even the odd contemporary tickles my fancy at times.

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Interview with Cathleen Townsend, #BlogBattle Winner
Why I Write


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Fun Facts about Me (with associated short memoirs)

I survived a plane crash–The Taste of Fear

I work in construction–Frick and Frack

I’m an animal lover–A Worm’s Tale

I once went scuba diving with a Mako shark–Dive

I’ve sailed racing catamarans–Race Day

I appreciate unexpected gifts–The Great American Eclipse



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Contact information:


Tweet (138 characters): Avid reader, writer, and lover of fairy tales. Hangs out with dragons, pixies, and anyone who likes a good story at cathleentownsend.com.

50 words: Cathleen Townsend loves a good tale, especially if it involves fantasy. She lives in California’s beautiful gold county, and in her mind the tree-covered hills contain trolls, dragons, and dwarves, although they persist in lurking unseen. She enjoys chatting with readers on her blog at cathleentownsend.com.

100 words:

Cathleen Townsend trained as a social scientist, and at various times has been a teacher, a waitress, a donut baker, and a construction worker. She’s survived parenting, scuba-diving with a Mako shark, and a plane crash.

Her stories, both whimsical and serious, are drawn from the rich sources of folklore and history to inspire the belief that a single person can make a difference in the world, even if that world contains a dragon or two.

Cathleen lives in California’s beautiful gold country, and in her mind, dwarves and pixies also lurk in the oak- and pine-covered hills. She enjoys chatting with readers on her blog at cathleentownsend.com.


Published works:

my books 4-2018

My Books

Dragon Hoard and Other Tales of Faerie

Stolen Legacy

The Golden Key

Twelve Tales of Christmas



“Unicorn” in¬†Memories of the Past: 2016 Anthology

“Candle in the Dark” in¬†Story Emporium: Purveyors of Steampunk and Weird Western Adventure

“Property” in¬†A Bleak New World

“Trojan Wargames” in¬†The Art of Losing


Published works online:

Dragon Hoard


A Worm Tale

Feral Refrigerator

Picture Perfect


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