Kate describes herself as a late developer. She went to university at the age of 38, achieving a first class degree in English and Creative Writing. She followed that with a Masters in English Literature. She always wanted to write but didn’t manage it until her son left home for university. She then began writing the GANGSTER SCHOOL series of MG adventures that to date have been published in four countries and shortlisted for many literary prizes.
Kate loves history, especially of the military variety, and is a licensed mudlark. Her mudlarking bucket list finds are an intact Bellarmine jug, a medieval spur and a coin with the head of Elizabeth I on it. She is currently working on a series of novels based around Victorian mudlarks. Her First World War novel THE RED TUNIC won the Eyelands 2020 prize for unpublished historical fiction.
Kate enjoys fantasy and dystopian fiction. She lists Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, among her all-time favourite novels. ICARUS AND VELVET is her first venture into writing fantasy. She is addicted to ghost stories and cites M R James high among the list of writers who have influenced her.