Catherine Friend had what she calls a “boring” childhood, but she says that boring was just fine—because it gave her more time to read. She read so much her parents had to set a “no-reading-at-the dinner-table” rule. She was slightly shy as a child, but enjoyed playing beauty parlor with her sister, taking family trips, and watching Star Trek and Time Tunnel.
She studied economics, but because of her love for books and stories, she eventually found herself drawn to writing. Since then, the author has written six children’s books, including The Perfect Nest, a hilarious read-aloud illustrated by John Manders; and two books in Candlewick’s Brand New Readers series. She is also the author of the acclaimed adult memoir Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn. When it comes to her writing, Catherine Friend likes to try new things and seek new challenges—but she always likes to write stories that make her laugh.
Catherine Friend lives on a small farm in southeastern Minnesota—which inspired both The Perfect Nest and Hit by a Farm. There, she raises sheep, goats, and llamas, and has an energetic border collie named Robin.