Cathan is a former CPGA club golf professional. Specialized in teaching juniors but is writing full time now. She has a University background, in anthropology, archeology and psychology.
Cathan studied with the Maui Writers group and had a local newspaper column. She lives in Canada and writes children's books and also adult mysteries.
Children's humour is her favourite genre.
When the winner of the worldwide beauty contest to find the new face of "California Girl" is found murdered, the number one suspect is her predecessor. Beautiful Jordan Comstock, both renowned and beloved, was the original 'California Girl' model and spokesperson for California Cosmetics.
Meanwhile, two attempts on Jordan's life get ignored by the police lieutenant, given his unwavering belief that they were unsuccessful attempts on Jordan's part to divert suspicion from herself. Suddenly, being the winner of this contest doesn't seem so lucky...
Dani Pepper is the second-best speller at Fisher Pitt Junior School. When she's chosen for the State Spelling Bee Championship finals, she's thrilled. She and her nemesis--the stuck-up, first-best-speller Mary Ellen--prepare for the tournament. The whole class takes a bus trip to the library to work on essays and learn new words. In the spirit of competition, Dani and Mary Ellen are caught in a kerfuffle over the word 'catastrophe'. Finally, the big day is upon them. Who will win the coveted spelling championship trophy?