October 31 2011
Bookingly Yours Guest Blog

August 8, 2011

Press Release


Contact Info

Cathy Stopps
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Email: cathy@cathstopps.com

Phone: (561) 483-6905
Fax: (561) 483-1631

About the Author

I was born a long time ago in Livry-Gargan, a Paris suburb. My father worked for the French Government and my mother was a “domestic consultant,” which means that she advised the house staff on what to do every morning.


I first went to school at the age of five. Leaving the nest and attending school was a significant experience for me: I remained in contact with my very first teacher until two years ago when she passed away.


A couple of years after I started school, the French Government sent my father on a mission to Madagascar. In the early fifties, Madagascar was still a French Colony and my Dad was the equivalent of the Governor of a State. At first I was allowed to tag along, but to my great disappointment, it was decided that the educational system in Madagascar was not good enough for me. I was shipped away to a boarding school in Paris.


After a difficult first year, I realized that being shipped away was far from a punishment: I had been given the opportunity to make the greatest friends one could ever wish for. Most importantly, I had the best teachers- and encouragement- in the world. I completed my education by passing the Baccalaureate, the equivalent of a Bachelor Degree, which prepared me for later study.


After a year spent in Madrid teaching French, I set off for England to study law, economics and politics. I was awarded a degree in English Language and Literature from Cambridge University. It is there that I met my future husband.


I worked for companies in London, and then in Reading where we had moved.

In 1981 my husband’s firm, IBM, sent him to Boca Raton for a three year assignment, which became six years.


After living six years in Florida, it was very difficult to imagine going back to England’s grey skies, especially for me because I found the climate welcoming and similar to that in Madagascar, so my husband and I permanently settled in Florida started our own company and future life.


I channel my life experiences into my writings, some can be viewed on my website http://www.cathystopps.com, my blog or in my new mystery novel, “Let’s do Lunch” which can be purchased on multiple websites, including www.amazon.comwww.barnesandnoble.com . An eBook version is also available.