According to Caitlin Hicks, the central circumstance of her existence is that she was, "born into a very large military Catholic family in the United States of America."

Growing up in Pasadena, California she wrote, performed and directed family plays with her thirteen brothers and sisters. She went on to become an author and international playwright. Monologues from several of her plays are featured in Smith & Kraus' series Best Women's Stage Monologues (New York). Hicks wrote the play, later adapted for the screen, Singing the Bones, which debuted at the Montreal World Film Festival (2001) and has been screened internationally.

A Theory of Expanded Love (Light Messages, North Carolina 2015) is her debut novel about a young girl, Annie, and her Catholic family. Annie wants to elevate her family in their parish but is held back by her secrets - what she later reveals as "The Hands" that visit her in bed and the fact that her sister becomes pregnant "out of wedlock". When Annie realizes her parents will do anything to protect their reputation, she takes courageous risks to find salvation from the tragic events that ensue.

Caitlin Hicks has published several short stories and worked as a writer for CBS and NBC radio in the United States, and has performed her fiction and non-fiction for CBC radio. Her writing has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Vancouver Sun, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Fiddlehead Magazine, Knight Literary Journal and other publications.

She lives in British Columbia.


A Theory of Expanded Love (Light Messages 2015) 20.95 978-1-61153-131-2

[BCBW 2015]