An opener of doors, teller of tales, and family scribe, Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau is the author of  Queen Bee, Reflections on Life and Other Rude Awakenings and Passages from Behind These Doors, A Family Memoir. Her kaleidoscope of frank, funny, tender tales are about sin and prayer, good intentions and unattended sorrows… and about finding our way back home. Born in the gold country of Sonora and growing up in California in the 1950s and 60s, she was raised primarily by an older sister, survived five years living with an unhinged, erratic mother, and spent summers working at her father’s five-and-dime in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. The era and sense of place provide the colorful background to a riveting account of her early family life told with humor and grace. With clarity and perspective, Sevenau embraces the events of her early years; what occurred happened for her, not to her, transforming a bewildering, fractured childhood into a life well lived. Catherine is an irreverent humorist and an astute storyteller.  Queen Bee is a compilation of her blog posts, ruminations on Facebook, and a number of new and older stories not heretofore published. The twenty passages from Behind These Doors, her first book, are a poignant and captivating taste of the full memoir, which she is serializing on her website, Through Any Given Door

Catherine has compiled five volumes on her family genealogy, works until wee hours of the morning managing over 7,000 pages of ancestors and kin on Find A Grave, co-hosts Random Acts, a monthly open mic at Readers’ Books in Sonoma, California, and is a monthly columnist for the Sonoma Valley Sun. She is a also a longtime Century 21 Wine Country Broker/Owner/REALTOR in the Sonoma Valley. 

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Author links:
Facebook Writer’s Page
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)

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BAIPA, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, Marin, CA
Left Coast Writers, Marin, CA
Book Passage, Path to Publishing, Marin, CA

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