About the Author
Catherine McCarthy grew up in the industrial valleys of South Wales where she went on to teach in primary education for almost three decades. Having been ‘shown the light’ by her mother, who had the tradition of oral story-telling down to a fine art, she quickly developed an insatiable appetite for all things literary.
Her first published novel, The Gatekeeper’s Apprentice, is a fantasy, magical adventure for middle grade readers. Still in love with some of the characters from this novel, she has since woven them into her adult fiction, and also has spellbinding plans for them in the future.
Her second novel, Hope Cottage, is a dark and mysterious family saga of triumph over adversity, reconciliation and, well...hope. Hope Cottage is a deviation from her preferred genre, and was penned as a cathartic means of coming to terms with the loss of her own mother.
Her most recent publication is a collection of ten portal stories for adults, entitled Door and Other Twisted Tales. This work explores the darker side of supernatural fantasy, a sprinkle of mythology, and a twist of good old-fashioned horror.
Her current work in progress is a novel entitled The Wolf and the Favour, a dark fantasy tale, of how a young girl with learning disabilities strives to overcome life’s obstacles and find her own way in the world.
Having traded the challenges and rewards of teaching for the hurdles and merits of writing, Catherine McCarthy now lives with her illustrator husband in a two hundred year old cottage in West Wales amidst spectacular, story-inspiring countryside.
When she is not writing, you may find her sewing in her ‘Garden Beehive,’ or wandering the coast path, complete with picnic, sun-cream and just enough money for ice-cream.