Catherine Astolfo


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.

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Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Catherine Astolfo online


Sweet Karoline
By Catherine Astolfo
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,150. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye? Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?
By Catherine Astolfo
Series: Emily Taylor Mystery, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,880. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Not all legacies are good ones… While Emily Taylor deals with the dysfunctional Sanderson family at school, seemingly unconnected characters play out their own troubled journeys into the past.
Seventh Fire
By Catherine Astolfo
Series: Emily Taylor Mystery, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,100. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
Emily Taylor's husband, Langford, has a troubled past that has come back to haunt them, but it's time to clear his name. Along with their lawyer and a skilled private detective, they travel back to Vancouver, BC, the site of tragedy and heartbreak.
By Catherine Astolfo
Series: Emily Taylor Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,530. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
An Emily Taylor Mystery - book 2 Ancient evil comes in many forms… School principal Emily Taylor is caught up in the inexplicable disappearances of two well-known woman and the violence linked to a disputed land claim. When the legendary Walking Bear appears, she must also deal with the resurrection of an ancient legend and the terrified and unnerved villagers of the sleepy town of Burchill.
The Bridgeman
By Catherine Astolfo
Series: Emily Taylor Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,700. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011 by Imajin Books. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Principal Emily Taylor feels safe in the friendly little town of Burchill—until she finds a body in her school. The murder of caretaker Nathaniel Ryeburn brings back memories she'd rather forget and plunges Emily into a mystery that involves a secret diary, an illegal puppy mill and a murderer innocently disguised as an ordinary citizen.

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