Catherine Thimmesh
Catherine Thimmesh

A Little Something about the Author

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up, but it never occurred to me to be an author. At some point in time, I was going to be a teacher, a judge, a stunt woman, a mom with twelve kids who lived on a farm in the city, or a business woman who wore suits and worked in a glass-windowed high-rise. My ultimate dream was for a job that didn’t exist: an all-purpose idea-thinker-upper. (My dream was very specific: cool office with toys and gadgets, a chair that swiveled, and clients who paid me to solve their myriad problems with incredibly creative solutions.)

I’ve lived my whole life in, or around, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I currently live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Writing is my full-time job and I love that I actually did end up being a professional idea-thinker-upper—though just not as I had originally imagined.

In my spare time, I like to read, play on the flying trapeze, travel to warm destinations, watch movies, work-out, and do yoga. I also spend an inordinate amount of time staring out the window.

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Creativity in the classroom (in 5 minutes or less),” Catherine Thimmesh, TedX video, University of St. Thomas

Further Reading

Building the Fire Within: Author Catherine Thimmesh Makes Chidren’s Nonfiction Non-boring,” Amy Meythaler, Mackin Community, June 1, 2018

Catherine Thimmesh: Researching Paleoartistry,” Interviews, Bookology, June 25, 2015

Mothers of Invention,” Norma Smith Olson, Minnesota Women’s Press, Mar 23, 2012