Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. Catherine received the Elementary Dufferin-Peel OECTA Award for Outstanding Service in 1998. She was also awarded Dufferin-Peel Catholic Elementary Principal of the Year in 2002 by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario.
In addition to her career as an educator, Catherine is a qualified trainer for the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and spent many years speaking and leading workshops, both in business and in education. Thus she is comfortable presenting to adults and children alike, described by her colleagues as a “dynamic, fascinating speaker."
Catherine has always aspired to be a published writer. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of small Canadian presses.
She is the author of The Emily Taylor Mystery novel series: The Bridgeman, Victim, Legacy, and Seventh Fire. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award for The Bridgeman. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010.
Visit Catherine at http://www.catherineastolfo.com
Tell us something about your “best” side.
My love of people is my favorite personality trait. I spontaneously appreciate others. It’s a virtue that comes in handy when I’m at a signing or on a book tour. I find people infinitely interesting and love to hear their stories. Due to this optimistic view, I believe I bring a level of enthusiasm and attention to any conversation or meeting that others often find appealing. Thus I have a huge group of friends, for whom I’m always grateful.
What do you think is your least admirable trait?
Probably my inability to budget is my least favorite quality – not just money, but time. I seem to give away a lot of both and then I begin to resent it. I become grumpy and impatient; not a very endearing picture of myself, but honest. I have to be careful to say “no” now and then, to favors both financial and time-consuming.
When Florence Kensington gives up her coveted spot at ReVisions Retirement Residence to newcomers Roy and Linh Jackson, she unknowingly awakens Kira Callaghan’s Vietnam memories—and her PTSD. However, Kira’s “inner retired journalist” has no choice but to investigate when Florence is found dead.
An Imajin Qwickies™ Mystery/Crime Novella - No one is surprised that “nosy Rosie” is the one who finds poor Mr. Hummel in the garden. The surprise is the knife in his back. Nothing like this has ever happened in Chittendom Creek, let alone at the ReVisions Retirement Residence. When the oldies start dropping like flies, it’s Kira Callahan to the rescue.