As the author's life unfolded it appeared to many that it was
very much a fairy tale, and she was encouraged repeatedly to
write about her magical experience. However, not until
international/interracial adoptions became a popular development,
did she decide to write about important issues in her experience
of having grown up and lived, all her life, among a race and a
culture different to her own. The privileged existence began in a
humble abode at the end of a Guatemalan jungle river. However,
she was raised by a German family and grew up fluent in German,
Spanish, and English. Catana attended the best private schools
and in tenth grade entered an exclusive international boarding
school in Jamaica, WI where she completed the AL Higher Schools
Certificate from Cambridge University, England. Expecting to
become an international interpreter, the author continued her
studies at a language academy in Munich, Germany. However, she
was called to work in a play and discovered an affinity and
talent for the dramatic arts. As the actress and fashion model
Catana Cayetano, she worked on the Stage, in Films, and TV in
Germany, Austria, and Italy. In Munich, she married Frederick V.
Tully, an American actor and TV announcer, and had a son.
Ultimately the family moved to the United States. No longer
interested in acting, Catana completed various degrees including
a DA (Doctor of Arts) in Humanistic Studies in Upstate New York.
She retired from her position as tenured Associate Professor at
SUNY Empire State College in 2011 to dedicate herself to
publishing Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity,
her first book. What seemed like a fairy tale life to others was
not necessarily so for the protagonist. That will become clear to
the reader as she/he follows her on a journey that uncovers
issues Catana faced, from the perspective of the exotic child
adopted into a White world. The writer reveals how the magic
carpet her adoptive German mother so lovingly and carefully wove
for her, could at times become a mangy rug to be cruelly pulled
from under her feet. This book is intended to be a gift to
parents who have adopted exotic children, and to those children
who are growing up removed and alienated from their ethnicity and
You can learn more by visiting the website www.splitattheroot.com, and following her blog.
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