Faculty HeadshotCatherine Cruzan grew up in Bloomington, MN, but Southern California has been her home since 1984. She currently lives in Long Beach, CA with a spirited yet cuddly blue celestial parrotlet named Jasmine.

After graduating from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, she has worked as a structures engineer for several major aerospace corporations in the Los Angeles area.

Catherine ís interest in books began as a child with a voracious appetite for reading. She fondly recalls piling onto her parentís bed with her two brothers while her mother read the Chronicles of Narnia, Treasure Island or Black Beauty. She moved on to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as a young teenager, and Fantasy stories remain her favorite to this day.

Her writing career started with poetry and short stories published in the school newspaper. As an adult, she writes character driven Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction short stories and novels. Her writing education includes Long Beach City College creative writing courses and the UCLA Writers Program. She is currently a member of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and Orange County Writers.

Some of her other many interests include Steampunk, Victorian London, her Yamaha FZ6R motorcycle and Tribal Style bellydance.


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