Catherine Paonessa lives in metropolitan Detroit. She grew up playing in her grandparents backyards, all of whom lived, worked and raised families in Detroit. She remembers picnics at Belle Isle, trips on the Boblo boat, DSO concerts and looking in awe at the Rivera's Detroit Industry murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
When Catherine discovered her grandfather’s homemade newspapers in the dusty attic of her grandparent’s east side home, she was intrigued. Catherine learned from her grandmother that her grandfather wrote the papers from 1915 to 1919 while he was a boy growing up in Detroit. She thought, wow, there’s a story here, and maybe, just maybe, she could write it. So, after 29 years as a computer systems engineer in the defense industry, Catherine traded in writing technical web pages for writing stories. The Gazette: From Detroit to the Trenches is the result. It is Catherine’s debut novel.
Catherine has an engineering degree from Michigan State University - Go Green. She credits her father Joe Paonessa, an advertising copywriter and executive, with teaching her to write.
Catherine and her husband Andy enjoy trips downtown to see a concert, watch the Red Wings or stroll through the DIA. They also enjoy hiking, kayaking and cross country skiing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.