Award-winning author Katherine Mayfield has been writing for more than 20 years about dysfunctional families, self-esteem recovery, and the importance of emotional intelligence. She's published two memoirs, Emma's Gift: Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes and The Box of Daughter, along with numerous books on recovering from toxic family issues, humor, poetry, and how-to books.
Her latest memoir, Emma's Gift: Furry Friends through Many Lifetimes, tells the story of the author's rescue of an abandoned kitty who launched her on a journey of self-discovery and a search for a closer relationship with God and the Universe, and brought her to the realization that our pets can reincarnate to be with us again and again.
"This heart-touching memoir is a celebration of the eternal bond between cats and humans that will resonate with anyone
who has ever had a special cat in their life."
—Ingrid King, ConsciousCat.net
"A true MUST READ."
—Cat Chat with Caren and Cody
Ms. Mayfield began writing books on coping with bullying and dysfunctional family dynamics after she published her first memoir, The Box of Daughter, and discovered that many people who have dysfunctional family issues believe that other families are functional, and often suffer from low self-esteem because they think the problems in their families are "their fault."
In fact, most people's families are dysfunctional in one way or another, and the effects of trying to cope with critical family members and family bullies can deeply affect a person's life on every level. But recovery is absolutely possible!
"I wish I could give this book an extra 20 stars. I felt a connection with the author's words on every page. This book has pushed my recovering psyche forward by leaps and bounds. I recommend this book for anyone who had a difficult relationship with their parents, particularly if narcissism played a role in either parent."
—a reader on Amazon.com
Ms. Mayfield's nonfiction books stress the fact that people can truly recover from family bullying and traumas caused by dysfunctional family dynamics, so that they can begin to live authentically, and create the lives they want to live.
"Katherine Mayfield holds nothing back, and her unflinching, thorough, and articulate honesty is a true gift for anyone wanting to understand, face, and rise above the emotional scars of a damaging childhood."
—Amy Wood, Psy.D., author of Life Your Way
"Fresh, bold, and inspiring."—Examiner.com
"Compelling...gripping...a triumph of the human spirit."
—from a review of The Box of Daughter in the Nashua Telegraph
"For those struggling with trauma, Katherine’s story offers a brave voice, trumpeting her successes and heralding an emergence from the shadows. It’s always reassuring to know you’re not alone, help is near, and it’s not all in your head."—Toadstool Bookshop, Milford, NH
Creativity is her favorite pastime. She's passionate about writing, music, cats, and pickleball. In her "other life," she's a professional pianist.