Cat's Bio

On Halloween in 1953, my mother swore I was wearing shoes when I was born that night. I asked her, “How do you know? At that time, they knocked mothers out when they had their babies.” She said, “I’m just telling you what it was like!” She was joking—sort of. I was named Cathy Diane Hodges, nicknamed Cat, or as my father referred to me—The Cat. I was their only child. A sixth generation West Virginian on my father’s side and a fifth generation West Virginian on my mother’s side, I grew up in Hurricane and Pt. Pleasant. I married Dan Pleska a long time ago, and we now live in Putnam County, WV. I have one daughter, one cat, and one dog.

I have a BA in English, Professional writing (94) from West Virginia State College, an MA in Humanities, emphasis in Literature (98) from Marshall University Graduate College, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Goucher College in Baltimore (04). Back in the 80s, I co-owned a craft retail shop, where my specialty was in decorative painting. Beginning in 1998, I taught writing at West Virginia State University for four years. I currently do freelance writing and editing. I’ve published several articles for the Charleston Gazette and Wonderful West Virginia magazine. I edited a book of poems for Sydney Kleeman, published in 2000 by Mt. State Press. I’m now the editor of a book of short stories written by Belinda Anderson, also to be published by Mt. State Press. The Bingo Cheaters will be out in the spring. My memoir, The Last Story Teller, is in its final stages of revision and with any luck at all, should be coming to a book store near you soon.