Catherine joined the army straight from her all-girls school because the ratio of men to women was 500:1. She had to leave the army when she married and started a family. In a brief moment of boredom during the five years when she produced three children and moved house six times, she wrote her first book which she self-published with a fellow army wife. It went on to sell a staggering 16,000 copies. Since then she’s carried on with the books, and has lived in Thame in Oxfordshire for 17 years.
She has now written 2 non-fiction books and fifteen novels on subjects ranging from army life to rowing to gypsy weddings and most recent a setting on which she is a considerable expert: rural village life.
From 2007 – 2009 she was the chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and captained the RNA team in University Challenge – the Professionals which got to the Grand Final in 2005. Catherine also writes under the pseudonyms of Kate Lace and Fiona Field.