Born in Yorkshire, Katharine E. Smith now lives in Shropshire, UK, with her husband and their two young children.
She has a degree in Philosophy and has previously worked in the IT and charity sectors. Katharine now runs Heddon Publishing (an independent publishing house), working with a very wide range of authors from all over the world, and fitting in her own writing whenever family life and work allow it.
You can find out more about Katharine on her website www.katharineesmith.com and she can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (although by her own admission she is pretty rubbish at the last two).
From the author:
Like many writers, I have loved writing since I was a child. I was first and foremost a poet, and spent an unforgettable week aged 17 at the Arvon Foundation Lumb Bank centre in Yorkshire, with some inspiring tutors including Ursula Fanthorpe. I always wanted to write a novel, however, and it took me over five years to get Writing the Town Read to a standard I was happy with. I now have six novels to my name, as well as a guide for indie authors. With each book I write, I feel more confident.
I've pushed myself with the Coming Back to Cornwall series, which was an entirely unplanned set of books (I was actually working on a younger readers' series when the idea took hold).
I often write about Cornwall although I have never lived there. I very much hope that I will get a chance to at some point in my life.
Inspiration comes from writers such as Kate Atkinson, Anne Tyler, and Maggie O'Farrell, with a touch of Nick Hornby, David Nicholls and John O'Farrell thrown in for good measure. I hope that my books are realistic, amusing, evocative, funny and maybe, occasionally, a little thought-provoking.