Claudia Cangilla McAdam
Author of Works for Children and Young Adults
Story has the power to draw in readers and take them to a completely new place. It was an experience I treasured and craved. At age ten, I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. And that’s exactly what I did.
For the past three decades, I’ve been blessed to have had my work published in scores of newspapers and magazines, and I have authored sixteen books (to date). I write what I write because I must—the subject matter lures me, hooks me, drives me to tell a story. And along the way, I hope my readers find themselves right smack dab in the middle of that story.
What a blessing it is to live . . . and write . . . in Colorado!
I also like photography, so for a look at some seasonal photos, scroll to the bottom of the page.
What an honor it was for me to discuss my books with Stacy McKenzie (left) on her televised "Off the Page" program. Click here to watch.
I recently had the great privilege of being a guest on the radio program "Joy of the Gospel," hosted by Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs. During this half hour with His Excellency, we talked about my books and the role faith plays in the writing of many of them. Click here to listen.
In addition to my own writing, I am also serving as the Curator of Children's Content for the Augustine Institute's FORMED.org web platform. I recently gave an update on the site's children's content to a gathering of Parish Leaders.
Every writer I know loves to read. I'm no exception. When I was a kid, I would do my chores on Saturday morning with a book in my hand (usually a Nancy Drew mystery). It was easy to multi-task if I was running the vacuum cleaner; not so easy if I was ironing or mowing the lawn.
I remember describing to my mother, in great detail, the setting of a story I was reading, telling her what the campground in the book looked like—right down to the pine needles cushioning the ground. I told my mom, “You should have seen it!” She replied, “It’s like you were there.” And I was.