Marie Gilroy Macpherson was born in the Honest Toun of Musselburgh, six miles from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
She has a PhD in Russian Literature and spent a year in the Soviet Union to research her thesis on the 19th century Russian writer, Lermontov.
The rich history of East Lothian during the Reformation provides the inspiration for the Knox Trilogy, a fictional account of the life of the Scottish reformer, John Knox.
Prizes and awards include the Martha Hamilton Prize for Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and 'Writer of the Year 2011' title awarded by Tyne & Esk Writers.
She is a member of the Historical Writers' Association (HWA) and the Historical Novel Society (HNS).