Cathryn’s Bio

Cathryn Parry’s first piece of romantic writing was a love letter she wrote to the boy who sat next to her in first grade. By the next Christmas, she was asking for a typewriter to organize her growing collection of adventure stories inspired by Nancy Drew.

But it wasn’t until Cathryn was an engineer working a less-than-inspiring job in a ball bearings factory that she dared to write her first novel, a romance about a woman who found the courage to pursue her deeply-held dreams. After that, Cathryn knew for a fact she was a novelist, and was hooked on the writing process.

Cathryn is a member of Novelists, Inc. and enjoys giving inspirational workshops to writers. Her Harlequin books have received such honors as a Booksellers’ Best Award, HOLT Medallion Awards of Merit, and several readers’ award nominations.

In her non-writing life, she figure skates (she competes in ladies freestyle at the U.S. Adult Nationals), travels as often as possible for fun and adventure, and haunts archives in the quest for genealogy research. She lives in a small town in Massachusetts with her husband and near her large extended family.

Cathryn loves to hear from readers.  Please e-mail her through her contact page.  To receive an email notice the week of a new book release, please sign up for her mailing list (see right).

Book Signing for “Something to Prove”

Writing Awards:

Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, The Long Way Home, 2013; Finalist, Out of His League, 2014; The Secret Between Them, 2017

HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, Something to Prove, 2013; The Sweetest Hours, 2014; Secret Garden, 2016

National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, Secret Garden, 2016

New England Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, Secret Garden, 2016

Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Award, Scotland for Christmas, 2015

Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist, Something to Prove, 2013; The Sweetest Hours, 2014

Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, The Sweetest Hours, 2014

Write Touch Readers’ Award Finalist, Something to Prove, The Long Way Home, 2013

Goldrick Service Award, New England Chapter RWA, 2007

American Title I Finalist, RTBookclub Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, 2005

Otis the Cat

Otis the Cat, Cathryn’s Writing Muse


Rula Sinara posted an interview with Cathryn at her A Writer’s Rush blog. (2013)

Jan Gottesman visited Cathryn for an interview at the Clinton Item/Worcester Telegram. (2015)

Clinton Item

Cathryn with the real Molly


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