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About Catherine Linka

St. Martin’s Press published Catherine Linka’s duology, A Girl Called Fearless (2014) and A Girl Undone (2015). A Girl Called Fearless was an ABA Indie Next Pick and winner of the SCIBA Young Adult Novel 2014.

For a sense of Linka’s writing, read Sparrow’s Story: A Girl Defiant free on

For a sense of Linka and her approach to writing, read Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka by Devra Maza on Huffington Post

Linka worked for seven years as a children’s book buyer for an independent bookstore during which time she read hundreds of children’s books. She has participated in more than 300 hours of critique groups, including 75 hours at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA. She also has judged writing contests including the Tomorrow Prize and Adventures in YA Agent Challenge. She brings to the mentorship a strong desire to give back to SCBWI and to help other writers achieve their goals.


“Every writer has different skills they need to develop, so what I will bring to the relationship will depend upon the mentee. But there are aspects of craft in which I am particularly strong including analyzing plot and uncovering opportunities to more fully exploit what is already in the text. I believe I can provide significant help bringing scenes and characters alive, and eliminating issues with clarity and pacing. In addition, I am happy to share all that I’ve learned about the journey to getting published.”

— Catherine Linka


About the Linka Mentorship