Catherine Hogan Safer was born in Newfoundland’s Codroy Valley and raised in Gander. Over the years she has been a waitress, bartender, flight attendant, real estate agent, restaurant manager, book promoter and on and on. She prefers writing, painting and gardening to any of those, though the money is not as good.
Her work has been well-received. Bishop’s Road was short-listed for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. What if Your Mom Made Raisin Buns? was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award and won the Marianna Dempster Award in Nova Scotia. Most recently, in 2016 Hogan Safer’s debut collection of short stories, Wild Pieces, was the winner of the inaugural Alistair MacLeod Award for Short Fiction.
Catherine is not a prolific writer. She has to be in the mood. She took up painting two years ago in the hope that her muse might be hanging about the acrylics. She wasn’t, although the writing has become a little more abstract. Catherine lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a marvelous terrible place which she adores and despises in equal measure.