Katherine's debut novel, The Crimson Ribbon, was published in 2014 and her second, The Silvered Heart, in 2015. Her third novel, The Coffin Path, became an Amazon bestseller and was nominated for the HWA Gold Crown Award and The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. Her writing has won and been nominated for many prizes, including the Winchester Writers' Conference First Three Pages Award and the Weald & Downland Museum/Jerwood Prize for Historical Fiction.
Katherine spent over two decades working in training and education and led the development and launch of the UK’s first A Level in Creative Writing. She spent three years as editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers’ Association, and is a member of the HWA Committee. She’s a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Mentor, having held fellowships at both Sheffield and Manchester Universities, where she works with students on academic writing. She is the first Royal Literary Fund Fellow in the History department at Manchester University.
In 2018 Katherine was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award and spent a year living and working in New Orleans, while researching her next novel. She is based in the North West of England where, alongside her own writing projects, she works as a writing teacher and mentor. She is a certified proofreader and is working towards accreditation as a professional coach with The Coaching Academy. She is lead tutor at the newly-launched Historical Novel Society Academy where she specialises in working with historical fiction writers.