Catriona McPherson was born in South Queensferry in 1965. She claims she ‘day-dreamed my way through twelve years at Queensferry Primary and High Schools constantly being told I was over-imaginative and full of nonsense’.
After finishing school, she worked in a bank for a short time, before going to university. She studied for an MA in English Language and Linguistics at Edinburgh University, and then gained a job in the local studies department at Edinburgh City Libraries, describing herself as ‘far from being the ideal employee.’
She left this post after a couple of years, and went back to university to study for a PhD in semantics. During her final year she applied for an academic job, but left to begin a writing career.
It proved to be the right move as after two years of writing, and one failed attempt at a literary novel, she created the character Dandelion (Dandy) Gilver, and wrote After the Armistice Ball. The first Dandy Gilver novel was short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger 2005 and the second was long-listed for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award 2007.
These days, McPherson lives with her husband on a farm in the Galloway countryside, where she spends her time writing, gardening, swimming and running.