Katherine Blessan was delighted when she managed to get her first novel Lydia’s Song, which is about child-sex trafficking in Cambodia, published by a small independent. She had spent eight years working on it so had had to remain committed to it in the midst of other pressing life events and work!
She is writing her second novel as well as a few short stories and would describe her fiction as having a gritty edge and a compassionate core, as she likes to tackle issues that might make people uncomfortable such as trafficking and FGM.
Having worked in publishing and as a secondary school English teacher, she is now doing the work that she loves most: writing and tutoring.
Katherine lives in Burngreave with her Indian husband and two small, perfectly formed little boys.
A Heart on Fire is a short story about a talented young athlete with a troubled past is drawn to the famous athlete Eric Liddell and encounters him in a time-shift short story.