Who is This Cat? About Catherine Townsend-Lyon The Writer, Author, Columnist, & Literary Marketing Whiz, Consultant & Avid Reading Cat…

Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the author and writer of her memoir, “Addicted to Dimes: Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat,” released November 2013., and a contributing co-author of “Ten The Hard Way: True Stories of Addiction and Recovery,” released in October 2017, both available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble online. 

Catherine is well known as a ‘Gambling Recovery Expert’ as she writes and shares her recovery experiences from addicted gambling within recovery in many forms throughout many platforms. She is the founder of “Bet Free Recovery Now (dot) com,” a popular recovery website/blog she runs to share hope and help to those who may suffer in silence from problem gambling and share resources. 

Born in New Jersey, raised in Southern California, Catherine spent 26+years in Southern Oregon and became entangled in gambling addiction at the age of thirty-five. She is a sexual abuse and trauma survivor and dually diagnosed with mental health challenges while maintaining recovery for 14+years as well. She learned the roots of why she began using gambling as a coping skill and to escape from her past hurtful childhood. Now, after two failed suicide attempts, treatment, and doing the hard work to claim her life back, Catherine has overcome this addiction through faith, redemption, and grace.

Today, Catherine thrives in recovery as she says, “she has a better life today than before she became an addict.” In 2013, Catherine started a home-based business of book marketing and consulting to help new authors learn where and how to promote their books effectively. She heard from authors who were paying way too much for book marketing and promotions and wanted to help. 

Catherine opened and now runs an online business called Lyon Literary Consulting & Marketing, where she custom builds strategic marketing plans for authors to follow to gain exceptional exposure, earn more sales and gain more book reviews. It teaches authors what it takes to promote all their literary works. Catherine and her husband of 33-years now reside in N. Phoenix, Arizona. When she is not working, Catherine and her husband enjoy travel, rafting, swimming, and spending time with their family of fur babies as she is a cat lover at heart.

Connect with Catherine on Social Media and Visit Her Websites

Business & Book Website: https://CatLyonsReadingDen.com

Recovery Website: https://BetFreeRecoveryNow.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LUV_Recovery   https://twitter.com/kitcatlyon

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LyonLiteraryConsulting

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-townsend-lyon-b890a86a/

Amazon Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Addicted-Dimes-Confessions-Liar-Cheat-ebook/dp/B00CSUJI3A/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Townsend-Lyon/e/B00BPY6VXA%3Fref= 

“Today my Life & Recovery are FABULOUS! ~Catherine Townsend-Lyon

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31 thoughts on “Who is This Cat? About Catherine Townsend-Lyon The Writer, Author, Columnist, & Literary Marketing Whiz, Consultant & Avid Reading Cat…

  1. Thank you so much for the follow CaT – it is truly remarkable that some people can turn such devastation into a success. Recovery is not an easy journey. It takes resilience, courage, motivation and sheer pig-headedness at times. Congratulations, first and foremost for your recovery, and secondly, for turning it into a success story by helping others. I wish you well in your journey forward 🙂

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    • God Bless You Raili XO…
      You have no idea how much this comment and praise means to me. I do advocate pretty loudly about gambling addiction being a REAL Disease. LOL.

      And it is due to knowing WE can recover. And yes, I can be VERY pig-headedness when I have to be with my sponsees at time Lol. Only when they say “I can’t do it.” So I appreciate your kind thoughts. It is my “God Given” purpose and I will continue to help and share a message of HOPE from this deadly addiction until my last breath… Thank you for visiting and I enjoyed your beautiful blog. XO

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  2. Hey, if you’re interested in trading reads, which can turn into reviews if we like each other’s books, get in touch with me here: https://cathleentownsend.com/about/contact-cathleen-townsend/. Your book sounds interesting, and I’m getting ready to start a cross-promotion blitz when I’m done with my social media conference. Not attached to this in any way, but could possibly be used in concert with it, I also offer author interviews. 🙂 Cathleen

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  3. hi again, Cat – want to mention that I’d looove if you guest-posted on my blog. If it interests you, just type ‘call for writers’ into the search box on the upper right of my blog. Have always found guest posting to be win-win – where each other’s readers get crossed over 🙂

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  4. I was the one attracted to addicts! This not only led to writing my novel, but gave me a great compassion for addicts and their loved ones. There is hope, but sometimes it’s slow going! Congrats on your book!



  5. Hi Catherine, I had decided not to follow any more blogs. What with baby sitting any one (or two, or five) of my nine grandchildren, gardening, reading, posting on my blog, not to mention editing my MS while jotting down ideas for another two novels I just don’t have the time. Then I read SteJ’s review of your book and decided to visit your web page. Oh well, what’s one more blog in the scheme of things 😉
    You might like to have a look at my friend Tony’s blog – “A Way With Words” http://awaywithwordsblog.com/bringing-delight-in-disorder-to-life/ I think you might find it interesting.
    Blessings always,


    • LOL… I did follow and visit yours. I’m in the middle of a new recovery blog post, I think you’ll find interesting. I should have it up later tonight. I appreciate the follow and support! I do know what you mean though of finding time! Not only to I run my recovery blog, I have a book and social media blog and business too! I have 12 Authors I’m book promoting for, so I hardly have time to go visit all my friends blogs. So I set Sunday after church is MY DAY of reading books & Blogs! Now I got to go see what Mr. Steve Johnson is up too!! LOL. He wanted to read my book and review it, so I gifted him the e-book version! He is a DOll!! I just love Tony Roberts blog!! He is out here strongly helping to shatter the Stigma of mental health! He’s a sweetheart!
      Thanks again Lyn, and I will come explore and read more of your blog this Sunday! XO Catherine 🙂


  6. […] I am extremely  pleased to share this insightful interview conducted this past week by up and coming writer/author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon, author of ‘Addicted to Dimes: Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat’  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984478485, and informative Blog, ‘Just a Recovery Author Learning to be a Better Writer’  https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com/home-about-me/. […]


    • Thanks Rusty!
      I know my readers will surely *Enjoy* your wonderful Author Website as I do! Thanks again for letting me share you with all my readers,

      Hugs & Blessings,
      Author Catherine Lyon 🙂


    • Thank You Clara!

      Today is “Visit” friends blogs so I will go check out the link first thing! And thank you for the encouraging support! I’m ALMOST done with my next to books, I’ll keep you posted on my Release dates!

      Hugs & Blessings,


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