Kate has wanted to be a writer all her life, but was diverted by the need to earn a proper living. She worked in the Probation Service, a career which brought her to Sheffield in the early 1990s. The decision to go on an Arvon Foundation course in 2006 was the turning point. She started the novel, and back in Sheffield joined a short course run by best-selling author Susan Elliott-Wright. But writing still moved slowly alongside the demands of the day job. Finally, by becoming self-employed in 2008 Kate made time for writing. However, she quickly recognized that a lifetime of producing high quality work to tight timescales in a pressurized environment had left her quite unable to direct or motivate herself and she became adept at procrastination. So she enrolled for the MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam and through this, with the timescales set by the curriculum and the encouragement of tutors and students, finished The House Fell on Her Head which received a distinction.
Kate now lives in the Lincolnshire Wolds but identifies strongly with the locations that inspire her writing, in and around Sheffield. She travels widely, works part time as an independent consultant in safeguarding, keeps bees, and writes.
Flashback is Kate’s second novel, scheduled for completion in 2017.
The House Fell on Her Head was Kate’s first novel: a time-slip set in Sheffield in the present day and during World War 2. It tells of the discovery of human remains in the buried ruins of an Anderson Shelter. In Australia, an elderly Frank hears of the discovery and travels to England to uncover secrets and lies that have remained buried for a lifetime. As he journeys across the globe, Frank narrates his story, which starts as a boy of ten in 1939, enjoying the excitement of war until it changes his life forever. Meantime, in Sheffield, Alice describes the police investigation and her own search for the truth. Nothing is as it seems, and no one is who they appear to be.
Kate decided to self-publish after several agents told her this kind of story was not selling at the present time. When a writer friend died suddenly, Kate decided life was too short, and she self-published in early 2016. In June, ‘The House Fell on Her Head’ was a Kindle #1 bestseller.
Kate is an established writer of short stories inspired by her travels to exotic locations and a career in criminal justice. These stories generally feature unreliable narrators, and are in the literary-noir, literary-drama, and literary-thriller genres.
In 2015, Eclipsed was a winner in the Cinnamon short story competition and earned a place in the winners’ anthology, The Day I Met Vini Reilly which is published by Cinnamon.
Eclipsed is now available to download as a single short story: http://www.cutalongstory.com/stories/eclipsed/10778.html
A set of four short stories will be published by Cinnamon Press in a showcase anthology in 2018.
Several further stories are available to download from www.cutalongstory.com
Kate walking in Madeira, the location that inspired Nun’s Valley, one of the short stories to be published by Cinnamon Press.
Psychological thrillers, family drama, and even a Brexit thriller: a collection of gripping tales from the author of 'The House Fell on Her Head'.