Cathy (Wollen) Maxwell

Olathe High School
Class of 1971

(July 15, 1952 —       )

Cathy is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels. During high school, Cathy held leadership roles in yearbook, band, and drama. Cathy earned a bachelor’s degree in theater/communications from Washburn University and was a broadcast journalist in south central Kansas for a couple of years. She spent six years working in naval intelligence at the Pentagon. She also managed a watch factory and made costumes for local theater. Her first book, “All Things Beautiful,” was published in 1994 and nominated for numerous awards including Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book. Awards from Romantic Times magazine include: 1996 and 2007 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner – Historical Love and Laughter; 2004 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner – Historical Romance; 1999 Regency Historical Romance Award; and 2005 Historical Romance Award.