Catherine Lanser is a writer from Madison, Wis. who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She ate so much salmon as a child, if you cut into her you would find flaky flesh that you could easily lift away with a salad fork.

She has lived in the Midwest her whole life and writes blogs, essays and narrative nonfiction about her life and growing up as the baby of a family of nine children. Catherine is looking for a home for her first full-length memoir about how she found her place in her family, told through the lens of her brain tumor and her father’s stroke.

She reads a lot of memoirs and writes about the brain, migraines, being sick, and other things. If you want to learn more about why she writes about illness this link will take you to an article Catherine wrote on that topic.

Catherine is a board member of Wisconsin Writers Association. Are you a Wisconsin writer? Join her as a member of this premier Wisconsin writer’s group.  

Look at all these faces (including mine) on this map. It's just a fraction of the 39 million people across the US with #migraine via @amfmigraine

I hate this notebook. I’m only writing in it because the other 4 in the drawer seemed to good for the quality of what I needed to write.

I inherited it from my mom. She was saving it too. I don’t have kids, so I’ll be using fancy notebooks for everything from now on.

"Three blood metabolite levels have been identified that increase #migraine risk. ....

Metabolites are substances made or used when the body breaks down food, drugs, or chemicals during metabolism."