from fantastic fiction: Catherine Spencer went to a Catholic school and she worked as a high school English teacher. She married and had four childen. Catherine fell into writing by happy accident. Approaching menopause and ready for a change of career while she could still walk and chew gum at the same time, she eavesdropped on a conversation about writing for Mills & Boon and decided this was too good a challenge to pass up. With the blithe ignorance of a non-swimmer leaping into a shark-infested pool, she resigned from her job as a high school English teacher and fired off her first submission to Mills & Boon's editorial staff. Although her first two submissions were rejected, the third effort made the grade.
Her first book was published in 1986, and *The Loving Touch*, her third novel, was a short contemporary finalist for the Romance Writers' of America's prestigious RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than 17 languages and distributed in nearly 30 foreign markets.