Cathy Baugh

Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska.  Growing up in the 1950’s brought with it certain innocence.  Cathy had eight brothers and sisters all of them attending St. Pius X Grade School followed by later having to work at the age of 14 to afford tuition at the local Catholic High Schools.  Cathy and her siblings were all heavily influenced by their mother, Dorothy.  She was a tough woman who had a strong love of her Catholic faith and her family.  She prayed the rosary daily.  She gathered almost every day at her kitchen table with her children to laugh, tease, cry, argue, pray, and discuss the world they all lived in.   Dorothy was a writer and was thrilled to see Cathy go that direction.  “Say that word three times in a sentence and you will own it.” 

Cathy moved to Oregon to further her education and while there met her husband Jack.  Marrying Jack gave her an instant family, a daughter Christina and a son Jack.  Shortly after they were married her husband developed a heart condition followed by many surgeries.  In 1981 she added to her family when she had a daughter Laura Anne.  Three years later Jack was injured at work.  His injuries required numerous surgeries followed by a massive stroke while recovering from one of his surgeries ultimately leaving him disabled.

At the time Cathy was beginning a career in Underwriting Insurance.  The need to keep the family going required her to further her career in insurance.  They succeeded in raising all three children to adulthood with marriages and families.  Five ½ years ago Cathy was laid off from insurance and one week later was diagnosed with cancer.  She and her husband sold their house and moved in with her sister while she recovered from cancer.  She found a job six months later and settled back into a full time job with plans to retire at 66. Writing a book entitled “Hail Mary, Pray for us Sinners, Pleeeease!” was the beginning of Cathy’s writing career.  It sparked an interest to continue writing.   Finding Tuscany Press set the writing bug off and running.  Eight articles and one short story later, Cathy has found her voice in writing with Catholic Fiction.  “I hope to retire soon and devote all my time to writing.  My mother always dreamed of being published.  I’m hoping to fulfill that dream for her.”

Book Reviews by Cathy Baugh

Buy from Amazon.com

A Mother's Choice

Living in Oregon, we sometimes have to experience long rainy days.  The answer for many is curling up with a good book; it truly is the perfect remedy to help deal with the tedious raindrops falling down, sometimes for days.   I might add, it’s not just any book that will work in this instance.   You need the kind of book that will let you kick back and throw yourself into a good story.  You know the kind I mean—the type that you can get lost in when reading it, immediately from the first page.   You find yourself enjoying the characters and instantly you develop an un...

Buy from Amazon.com

Stop it. You're Scaring Me

Jonathan Mumm became interested in the background for this novel after doing a story on Vikingsholm, an unusually designed home located on Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay in San Francisco.  He fell in love with the house and its history while doing a series for television.  As a host (and storyteller - doing critiques of movies and other entertainment reports) he decided to combine his skills of pursuing information and reporting it, along with his fascination with this home, and subsequently, uses it as a setting for a novel.  This, added to the fact that he is a huge fan of ghost stories, sets the stage ...

Buy from Amazon.com

Christmas with Bernadette

Christmas with Bernadette is Emily Grace Ortega’s charming sequel to I’m Bernadette! Seven year old Bernadette is vivacious, thoughtful, and honest as she navigates the very real struggles of a young girl.

Christmas and the birth of her new sibling are right around the corner, and Bernadette tries to find her place in the preparations. She wants to give presents to everyone in her family, plus make a donation to a charity that helps children with cleft palates. She also hopes to be ready for her new baby sister or brother. In the meantime, she’s asked to bring a contribution...

Buy from Amazon.com

The Heavenly Ladder

To have an appreciation for the book entitled The Heavenly Ladder, written as the third book in a Trilogy in 1924, I feel you need to begin with an understanding of the author, Compton Mackenzie.  Compton Mackenzie was raised in the solid center of the English middle class and later lived in Scotland.  He attended an elite Church of England and attended public schools.  He was educated at Oxford University.  He became zealously religious at the age of 14 while on a family vacation in Dorset after having experienced a profound personal religious event.  It is better described by Compton ...

Buy from Amazon.com

Each Man in His Darkness

Julien Green remarked that he was “first and foremost a writer, who happened to also be a Catholic!”  He disliked being referred to as a Catholic writer.

But Catholic, he was.  He converted to Catholicism at a young age.  His commitment to Catholicism was a critical part of his life. Whether it was his intention or not, Green’s beliefs did make their way into his novels.  This was certainly the case in his book; Each Man in His Darkness. 

 Julien Green was conflicted throughout his life, primarily due to the struggle w...

Catholic, Ink.

Be part of the Catholic Literary Revival

Sign-up for this free weekly e-newsletter and receive the free article - "What is Catholic Fiction?" Read the weekly column The Catholic Imagination and You and more.

Search Books

Catholic, Ink.

Be part of the Catholic Literary Revival

Sign-up for this free weekly e-newsletter and receive the free article - "What is Catholic Fiction?" Read the weekly column The Catholic Imagination and You and more.