The Author

Born and raised in the Deering Center area of Portland, Maine, Kathleen Scanlon Rodriques graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy there. Her BS degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston; her work for over 40 years in the pharmacy department at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA; and two bouts of cancer did not prepare her for the tragedy that would befall her family in 2013.

Living in Norton, MA for 34 years, Kathy has been married to Abel Rodriques since 1981 and they are the proud parents of one daughter, the late Erin Kate Rodriques. Since Erin’s unexpected death in 2013, Kathy has been on an emotional roller coaster creating Erin’s biography and compiling excerpts from the memorable journals that Erin fortuitously left behind. She is certain that Erin’s words need to be shared with this often dark world.