All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Dear Cathy, my wife is a journalist and recently she bought you book, Damaged a Sinhala translate copy. She was amazed and shocked and ultimately became a huge fan of yours within few days. Since she is not much fluent in English she asked me to write to you. May god bless you with strength to write more stories as they make people more sensitive. Thank you very much.
Pasan, Sri Lanka, 16/08/2018
Hello Cathy, I have been reading your books and can’t seem to put them down. Your experiences have gave me a lot of confidence as I was in care from 13 after my father passed away. My mum wasn’t great and I didn’t know her until just before my father passed. I was moved a lot in foster care and found my happiness once I moved into my children’s home where my key work was like a second father. Your stories have brought a lot home for me and at 22 I am now starting therapy to deal with issues from my past. I just want to thank you for your writing and say you’re an incredible women and should be so proud of yourself. Yours sincerely
Dear Cathy, I would just like to thank you for writing the books about the children and young people you have fostered. I am making my way through all of them and have enjoyed every single one! I am dyslexic and until finding your books I had never found the joy of reading and could count the amount of books I had read on one hand. I work in a special needs school so have the summer holidays off and have currently read my way through 4 of your books which is a record for me! Thank you again for sharing your stories. I have learnt so much from your books, and they have inspired me to become a foster career in the future. Kind Regards
Dear Cathy, Thank you for writing your books. They provide very valuable learning and are also easy and enjoyable to read. I found Daddy’s Little Princess really interesting, especially the diagnosis the father received, raising awareness which I believe is important. Best Wishes
Hi Cathy, I enjoy reading your books. They have touched me so much I feel your pain and happiness. I wish you and your family happiness and luck with the future.
Mel, UK, 12/08/2018
Hi Cathy, your book Damaged is incredible. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. How sad, sick and disgusting to know that there are such horrible people out there! I am totally overwhelmed by your care and love, especially for your patience. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t think Jodie would have made it. You risked your family and nice life for Jodie. I do understand why she went through so many carers and that is what makes you her hero. You are one in a million!!!! I loved your story, now looking for the next one to read. I also want to say what lovely children you have, Paula, Lucy and Adrian have hearts of gold. All the best
Charmaine, Gibraltar, 11/08/2018
Your books were recommended to me by a very close friend and the first one I borrowed from her was Run, Mummy, Run. I just wanted to say that you have such a beautiful way with words yet you still capture the raw feeling of the characters. I related strongly to Aisha and the way you presented her was beautiful. I cried at points throughout the book but at the end you made me, through Aisha, feel stronger about myself. I just wanted to thank you. So many authors portray abuse survivors incorrectly or in this fantasy way and you captured it so well. Thanks to your book I went out and finally sought some help years after because you made me realise I could. I look forward to reading the rest of your books. I admire you for your way with words, and as a child in the care system I admire you for your work as a foster carer. Once again thank you.
To Cathy, I just finished you book Girl Alone and I thought it was great. I was inspired by Joss’s story and of course you. I think it’s great that you write books about the foster children you take care of.
Paris, 12, Australia, 05/08/2018
Dear Cathy, I am from Sri Lanka, a little island far from your country. It is the first time I read a book by you, about, Zeena. (The Child Bride). I was shocked. You are a great mother, great counsellor, great friend, great woman. I haven’t words to express. I have a lovely mother and family but according to your books I would also be like your daughter. God Bless you, I so much love you…..your loving
Nisa, Sri Lanka, 04/08/2018
I have read several of your books, and have loved every single one. I really can’t get enough of them. Your warm hearted personality shines through all your fostering experiences. You have helped so many young people find happiness, you truly are an inspiration. Each time I go to the library I head straight to the shelves containing your books, hoping there is one I haven’t read.
Dear Cathy, I discovered your memoirs last year, when I was working as a TA for a looked-after child and looking for any guidance to help me understand her emotional turmoil. I read every single one of your memoirs last year and this year have read them all for the second time. The insight you bring to the struggles of these children is so touching, and also truly helpful to me as an educator. They should be compulsory reading for everyone working in education! I wish you all the best, and look forward to the publishing of ‘Where Has Mummy Gone?’ in September! Best wishes
Sam, UK, 27/07/2018
Hello, I’m 25 and dyslexic, always struggled in school, college and work life. Thankfully as I’ve got older I’ve become more focused and am much better with reading, writing, spelling and hardly ever struggle now. Because of this I’ve never taken an interest in reading, but my mum borrowed your book A Baby’s Cry. Something about it caught my eye and I picked it up and I couldn’t put it down! Read the full book within a few days, and also Can I let you go? I’ve absolutely enjoyed reading these books! And it’s made me want to become a foster carer in the future. Thank you so much.
Tamsin, UK, 25/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I have been reading your books for a few years now. I used to read them on my break when I worked nights as a nurse. I have recently found your books as audible and they have been amazing. To listen to them is like you are there. I suffer from anxiety but have found I relax if I listen to your books. You are such an amazing lady and your children are so good. It’s also very good to be able to see the updates. Well I just want to say thank you for sharing all these stories. Take care. Regards
Hi Cathy, I have graduated from university and want to become a social worker. From a very young age I have been reading your books. I too was fostered at the age of 6/7 so I don’t recall much. Returning to my family and having to re-adjust back to what was no longer normal for me was difficult. I have always had an interest in helping and protecting vulnerable people, especially young people who have been exposed to abuse. I know this is my calling. It will be challenging but this is the only thing I’m passionate about. I believe my purpose is to help people. I’m a huge fan of yours! Your books are amazing. I hope you are well. Take care. Kind regards
Terry-Ann, 22, UK. 18/07/2018
Hi Cathy! I’m 18 years old and from Sri Lanka. I just read the book The Child Bride. I was quite fazed after reading it. I just can’t believe a 14 year old girl faced something like that. But I feel so proud of Zeena. She is such a brave and a very intelligent girl! A good example to all of us girls. Thank you.
Shimain, Sri Lanka, 17/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I hope you are well and enjoying our sunshine. I enjoy reading your books so much that sometimes they only take me 24 hours to read. The last one I read was My Dad’s A Policeman and it took me an hour and a half. I really enjoy all of them but one sticks in my in mind and is Damaged. That poor girl I really don’t know how you stuck by her. It took strength for you to carry on. That’s why I admire you so very much. You never give up. Adrian, Paula and Lucy are brilliant too. They just accept any child you have and help in anyway. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and hope I can have more to read. Best wishes.
Heidi, UK, 16/07/2018
I have just finished your Lisa Stone novel, Stalker. I must say it kept me enthralled, it was hard to put it down. When is next one that involves Beth and Matt? Let’s hope it isn’t too long.
Trevor, UK, 15/07/2018
Hi I’ve just finished reading your book Cruel To Be Kind and really enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I really felt like I was there in your book. I can’t even describe how I felt while reading it but my heart goes out to you and your family and to Max and his family. I’ve been through bad times myself so I can truly understand.
Kayleigh, UK, 15/07/2018
Dear Cathy (Lisa) Stalker is amazing. How did you learn so much about computers? Did Adrian teach you!!!!
I am in the process of reading Stalker. I must say how enjoyable it is. You go into the most minute detail. I will be sorry to finish it. I have read Peter James books and you are on par with him. Regards
Trevor, UK, 11/07/2018
I live in Sweden and we only have “Damaged” and soon “Mommy Told Me Not To Tell”. I really want to read all of your books so would you have them translated to Swedish? I know a lot of people who would buy them. Love
Michaela, Sweden, 10/07/2018
Wow! I just read Damaged and I couldn’t put it down. I am a social worker in the United States and reading this really helped me experience what foster parents endure. I also agree that the child welfare system is not perfect. I know that one part I took from your book is that I will do my best to make sure I spend quality time with my foster parents. I have been guilty a time or two of doing short visits with foster parents if I know the children are in a safe place and doing well. Sometimes with high caseloads we have to prioritize. That being said, with a case like Jodies, I would have known it inside and out as well as spent significant time on it. It would have been a high priority for sure. I don’t know the differences between child welfare system where you are from the U.S. but it seems to be similar experiences. All child welfare workers need more resources and recognition for work being done. Thank you for shedding light on this! I have recommended all my social worker peers read this book. God bless you!
Carlina, USA, 07/07/2018
Hi Cathy, I have now read ‘Daddy’s Little Princess’, ‘Nobody’s Son’, ‘A Long Way from Home’ and ‘Cut’. I’m addicted!! I have also ‘liked’ your Facebook page so that I can indulge in any updates you might have. My partner has ordered me eleven more books! So excited to get my teeth into them. I would like to say a huge thank you again for sharing your outstanding achievements with the young people. I can’t wait to start reading your articles on your website and ordering ‘Happy Kids’.
Deon, UK, 03/07/2018
Dear Cathy, I am currently reading one of your heart-warming books ‘The Silent Cry’. I have to say, I am totally moved by it. The way you describe your experiences within mental health really emphasises how difficult and traumatic it is, not only for the person going through said illness, but also for those surrounding them. It gives a real insight into how you felt whilst going through these particular experiences, and it makes me feel connected, in a way, as if I’m there with you, and going through the tough times alongside you and your two children. I just wanted to praise you in your amazing work as a foster carer, mother, neighbour (as seen in the book) and as an author.
Hi Cathy, I have just read Stalker and loved it.
Pauline, UK, 01/07/2018