About Cate

Cate thinks Stephen King was right when he said, “books are a uniquely portable magic.” And she believes everyone deserves a little magic in their life.

That’s why Cate writes stories for tweens and teens. Her stories run the gamut from middle grade to young adult with fantastical elements and fun characters who don’t quite fit in the world they inhabit. The journeys they take and the stories they tell as they find their own path are filled with a dab of mischief, a dollop of mayhem, and a dash of magic inside.

Cate lives (mostly) in Ohio with their motley crew of children—both two legged and four. She can usually be found pounding away at the computer keys or chatting with the characters in her head. In her free time, she may even binge read a book or three (because sleep is overrated), enjoy a Netflix binge, or find a sandy beach to sink her toes into.

Cate Grimm is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (Go Falcons!) where she earned a BS in Education and Seton Hill University (Go Griffins!) where she earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Author’s Guild, and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

This or That?

Coffee or Tea?

Tea, hot or iced. I drink gallons of the stuff.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

For ice cream, vanilla with chocolate syrup (not hot fudge). For cake, chocolate with vanilla frosting. Chocolate cake with a side of vanilla ice cream works too.

Talk or Text?

Talk. Texting is convenient, but I like the nuances of conversation.

Cats or Dogs?

Either. I have a dog right now but I’ve had cats, dogs, hamsters, finches, a gecko, and a tadpole that developed into a bullfrog. And I tried really hard to talk my parents into a horse. I’ve loved them all–except maybe the tadpole because he smelled like a freaking sewer no matter how often we changed the water in his habitat. But it was cool to watch him become a frog.

Book or Movie?

Book. The book is always better.

Paperback or Ebook?

Paperback. I know ebooks are convenient, but I still love the smell of a library or bookstore and the feeling of the pages in my hands.

IZombie or Lucifer?

Lucifer. That bad guy trying so desperately to be a good guy is a great story arc. Plus, there’s the accent.

Cards or Board Games?

Cards. I play solitaire when I’m stuck with my writing. I like to feel the rhythmic swoosh of the cards when I shuffle them and the little snap they make when you flick the corner. I like poker, too. It’s part skill and part luck of the draw. Such an interesting gamble.

Roller coaster or Ferris Wheel?

Roller coaster. I grew up in northeast Ohio so some of the best coasters in the country were right in my back yard.

Ferrari or Jaguar?

Neither. I’d pick a 1965 Shelby Mustang. Preferably candy apple red. It’s like the perfect kiss on wheels.