The Author

Cate Macabe spent a great deal of her childhood escaping into other worlds. She began to think of herself as a writer after creating her first coherent story at the age of ten – a piece about a spider from the spider’s point of view. At that time, she didn’t consider making a living as a writer. She wrote because it took her away to places and times not her own, the same reason she read every book in her parent’s house. After serving six years in the military, raising four children, and studying computer programming and accounting, she realized writing was, indeed, what she should do with her life.

While working as a legal secretary in an Albuquerque law firm, Cate spent most lunch hours writing and editing her novels in progress. When AJ Jackson came in to do business, the ordinary, routine workings of the law office were pleasantly disrupted by the telling of the latest adventures of a repo-woman/process server/private eye. Whether this petite, feisty redhead recounted the tale of a snarling dog intent on making her a mid-morning snack or the contortions she went through to find someone intent on not being found, her stories were made even more remarkable by the fact they were real-life experiences. A conversation about how AJ’s adventures would make a great book led Cate and AJ on a twelve-year writing journey that culminated in the publication of This New Mountain.

Cate Macabe was a member of the board of directors of SouthWest Writers for four years and is a past editor of the organization’s newsletter, SouthWest Sage. She lives with her husband near the foothills of the Sandia “Watermelon” Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico – and still enjoys reading every book in the house and escaping into other worlds.


9 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Hello Cate, and thanks for choosing to follow Puddletown Reviews. If you’re looking for a reviewer some time, let me know.

    I’ve been poking around and want to thank you also for the link to NaturalReader. I am in the process of revising/editing my first manuscript and the ability to listen to someone else read it is a bonus.


    • Thank you, Sherrey. I would appreciate it if you could point me to a reviewer who would consider reading This New Mountain (I see on your website that you aren’t accepting requests from authors at this time).


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  3. A well written bio. Best of luck to you in your writing career, it will be challenging! We appreciate the visit to the Redo You project and invite you back anytime…



    • Thank you, Jeff. Writing is one of the toughest things I’ve tackled in my life, and sometimes I think it has more control over me than I have over it. I like your site — it’s very positive and upbeat. I’ll be visiting often.


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