Cathie Pelletier


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CATHIE PELLETIER is the author of twelve novels, ten of which are under her own name, beginning with The Funeral Makers, published by MacMillan in 1986. Her newest novel, A Year After Henry, was published in August, 2014, and was a recent finalist for the Maine Fiction Award. Her first middle grade novel, The Summer Experiment, was published in the spring of 2014. Under the pseudonym of K. C. McKinnon she wrote two novels, Dancing at the Harvest Moon and Candles on Bay Street, both published by Doubleday, the latter earning a million-dollar advance. The first McKinnon novel was translated into 19 languages and was a CBS TV film starring Jacqueline Bisset, Valerie Harper, and Eric Mabius. The second was translated into 16 languages and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame film starring Alicia Silverstone.

Two of Cathie’s novels under her own name have received notable mentions from the New York Times Book Review. Her third, The Weight of Winter, won the New England Booksellers Award. In 2006, Running the Bulls won the Paterson Prize for Fiction. She was also presented with the Bernie Schweid Award from Tennessee Booksellers.

She adapted her novel A Marriage Made at Woodstock for producer George Stevens, Jr. Producer Gabrielle Tana, with Steve Coogan, has optioned her novel The Funeral Makers, for director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Her screenplay, The Luna Christmas, has been optioned by actor Donald Sutherland.

Cathie created and sold to Simon & Schuster a book with country music icon Tanya Tucker, titled 100 Ways to Beat the Blues. She co-wrote The Christmas Note with her friend, the late Skeeter Davis, singer and Grand Ole Opry legend. She also co-wrote The Ragin’ Cajun, with Doug Kershaw, the legendary fiddler-singer. She has collaborated on a book with harmonica player Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson’s Family Band) and is currently working on projects with Bob Guccione Jr., creator of Spin magazine. She and theoretical physicist Professor S. James Gates, Jr. are working on two books related to Albert Einstein, Proving Einstein Right and Remembering Albert Einstein.

Cathie has had songs recorded by David Byrne (of the Talking Heads), the Texas Tornadoes, the Glaser Brothers, and others. She has collaborated on songs with numerous Nashville songwriters.