Catherine MacPhail shot to success when her first children’s novel Run Zan Run won the Kathleen Fidler Award for new Scottish fiction. Since then Catherine has earned a reputation as a gritty, direct novelist, writing about everyday situations, such as bullying in Run Zan Run and teenage pregnancy (in Roxy’s Baby) and empathising brilliantly with her readers as a result.
Catherine always wanted to be a writer but with a job and a family to take care of, time was hard to come by: “I didn’t think wee lassies like me could do things like that. It was only after my children were born that I went to the local writers club; there, I was given the confidence to start sending my stories away.”
Since then she has never looked back, receiving widespread acclaim for her next two pieces of work; Fighting Back and Fugitive. Moreover, she is the creator and writer of the radio series My Mammy and Me.
Her latest children’s books include Hide and Seek, based on a blurb written in a competition for Barrington Stoke, and Grass and Out of the Depths.