Flintridge Prep: Author Catherine Linka Shares Her Debut Novel
Author Catherine Linka, mother of Haven ’12, visited Prep on Oct. 21 to share her debut novel with Ms. Verbeck’s 8th grade English classes. A Girl Called Fearless, published in May by St. Martin’s Press, tells the story of our country after a hormone fed to cattle kills 50 million women of childbearing age, leaving only very young, and very old girls and women, making them a precious commodity. A political party, the Paternalists, takes over the government, and girls are no longer in control of their own lives. Catherine talked about her writing process, her influences for her characters in American history, women’s rights in all parts of the world, and her excitement about her upcoming sequel, A Girl Undone. Our 8th graders asked pertinent questions, and several brought their own copies of the novel for an autograph.
Linka also met with a group of upper school student writers to discuss more about the writing process, as well as the business end of getting your work published. She knows a great deal about the business of books, having managed the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse since its inception; her book and its sequel have been optioned by Universal to become a television series.
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