Catharine Fleming McKenty grew up in the ‘thirties on her grandparents’ farm Donlands, beside the Don river in Toronto – on Don Mills Road then a two lane country road. She attended Bishop Strachan School where she won academic scholarships in both French and German. For her post secondary education, Catharine chose Victoria College at the University of Toronto where she majored in English under Northrop Frye.
After University Catharine spent four years in post-war European reconstruction and reconciliation. She then spent several years in Los Angeles as a Researcher for Pace magazine for young people. Her story about the youngest sailor to go around the world led to the book Dove and a movie produced by Gregory Peck. Back in Canada, where she worked as a speechwriter for the Ontario Minister of Education, she met Neil McKenty on the dance floor. Together the couple authored several books.