Cathie Pelletier

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Cathie Pelletier
Born January 1953
Allagash, Maine, United States
Pen name K.C McKinnon
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period Present
Genre Literary Fiction

Cathie Pelletier (born 1953) is an award-winning novelist and songwriter who was born and raised in Allagash, a rural town in Aroostook County, Maine.


Pelletier displayed exceptional aptitude as a student and, consequently, was advanced two grades (the sixth grade and her senior year), graduating high school at the age of sixteen years. Pelletier distinguished herself by wearing brash clothes that she claimed were "an outlet for her creativity." At seventeen years she was expelled from the University of Maine at Fort Kent for breaking curfew and pulling a fire alarm. Following her expulsion she began to hitchhike across the United States.[1] She returned to her Alma Mater long enough to graduate with a baccalaureate before departing to Nashville in pursuit of a career as a songwriter. Pelletier moved to Tennessee where met the country music star Jim Glaser. The two lived together for seventeen years until they separated. She then married European-born hotel manager, Tom Viorikic, three months after they met in Canada.


While living in Tennessee Pelletier wrote her first novel, The Funeral Makers which was very well received in the literary community. Since then she has penned a number of works, some of which were published under her pseudonym, K.C. McKinnon. In 1998 Pelletier made international news after receiving a million-dollar advance from Doubleday for her novel Candles on Bay Street, a work that was translated into ten languages and recently made into a film.[2] She has been the recipient of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the 2006 Paterson Prize. Pelletier has acted as the literary agent for several published books.[3]

Books by this author[edit]

  • Widows Walk (Poetry), 1976
  • The Funeral Makers, 1986
  • Once Upon a Time on the Banks, 1989
  • The Weight of Winter, 1991
  • The Bubble Reputation, 1993
  • A Marriage Made at Woodstock., 1994
  • Beaming Sonny Home, 1996
  • Running the Bulls, 2005
  • The One-Way Bridge, 2013
  • The Summer Experiment, 2014[4]

Books under K.C. McKinnon[edit]

  • Dancing at the Harvest Moon, 1997
  • Candles on Bay Street, 1998

Joint Works[edit]

Song-writing career[edit]

In addition to her literary triumphs, she has had songs recorded by David Byrne, Texas Tornadoes, Glaser Brothers.