Cat was born in Zambia. She went to school in Scotland and Yorkshire: she read a lot, and wrote a bit, and dreamed of not having to go to school. She went to university in Edinburgh and studied things that happened long ago: she read a bit, and wrote nothing, and dreamed of never having to work for a living. She also ate lots of toast and tomato soup.
After uni, Cat tried her hand at a few things, but always at the back of her mind lurked the idea that maybe, just maybe, she should seek her fortune in London, where the streets were paved with chewing gum and vomit: ‘I like reading books… Hmm… maybe I could work with books… in publishing!’
Within two weeks, Cat had landed an awesome job in publishing. She started off marketing children’s books, and then moved on to writing and editing them. She wrote books about pirates and sharks and Aztecs and cowboys and weather and even one about London (without mentioning chewing gum OR vomit). This was fun and all, but Cat yearned for more, so she started writing The Novel (aka Entangled). When she finished it, she signed with agent Julia Churchill and publisher Quercus. She won the Redbridge Teenage Book Award 2012.
Cat now lives in Scotland, writing books, wearing hats and fussing cats.
The Lost and The Found (July 2015): When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister… Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…
Undone: Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it. Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online … and he kills himself. Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down.
Torn: Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt. Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares… Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down. Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever…
Entangled: The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? Am I going to die? 17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see? Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?
Falling: It’s the party of the year and everyone’s going to be there – the perfect opportunity for Anna to set up her newly-out best friend Tilly with the only other gay girl in school. And it’ll help her keep her mind off the fact that she cheated on her perfect boyfriend Cam last night. But this party will change everything…
A Kiss In The Dark: When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant. Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend. Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive… But one of them is hiding a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives.