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Catalina Rae - Author


Catalina’s life is one for the books.

As an infant, she was severely burned by a babysitter. At two years old, she was rescued by a police search team on Halloween night, alone and scared and freezing in the mountains. Kidnapped at four years old, she was moved to another state, given a boy’s haircut, and told that her mother never tried to find her.

By the time she boarded the big yellow school bus for her first day of kindergarten, Catalina had survived more adventures than most people have in a lifetime.

For the next fifty years, the unbelievable and the unlikely seemed to be her constant companions, although not always in a negative way. Her series, Based on a True Story, is a compilation of these experiences.

When she is not recording the episodes of her life and those whose lives touch hers, Catalina enjoys the Chicago suburbs with her husband of over 25 years and their two sons.


He missed the exit. Now he and his wife and four kids were stranded in the desert, and the gas tank was empty. It felt like they were living out a scene in a bad movie. Yet this was not the first—nor the last—in a series of disasters that Crash and his family encountered on this cross-country road trip.

Intersections is a true story, the first in Catalina Rae’s series called “Based on a True Story.”

A Small Price to Pay


She stepped out of the convenience store with her coffee. She squinted into the snowy night, but didn’t see her car anywhere. Hadn’t she parked it right in front of the door? She turned on her heel and went back into the store to ask the clerk to call 9-1-1. Her cell phone was in the car. As a matter of fact, so was her wallet… and her keys.

A Small Price to Pay is a true story, the second in Catalina Rae’s series called “Based on a True Story.”

Vanishing Point


She thought her baby girl was too young to enjoy Trick-or-Treating. She hadn’t even bought her a costume.

But somehow, she broke down and allowed a friend from their new neighborhood to take her daughter out to a couple of houses with a carload of other children.

And suddenly, her daughter went missing while she was in someone else’s care.

Could it be? Could her two-year-old daughter be lost in the mountains on Halloween night?

Vanishing Point is a true story, the third in Catalina Rae’s series called “Based on a True Story.”

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