Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol. After studying History at Cambridge she trained as a journalist. She has been a magazine editor and has contributed to over forty publications, and has had several short stories published. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children and gets many of her ideas for stories while walking her dog around the lake near their home.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read anything I can get my hands on. I like meeting up with friends for a drink or coffee, going to an exhibition or trying something new. I recently tried silver-smithing which I was so bad at but it was fun. I also love spending time with my family, going on outings and planning our next holiday. We do an annual road tour of Europe to our house in Italy and have discovered some amazing places – and one or two we’d never go to again!
What is your writing process?
Like many busy parents juggling writing with family life can sometimes be a challenge. I've got used to making the most of small pockets of time - thinking through ideas while walking the dog and hoping I can remember them for later. I wrote much of my last novel in a cafe during my children's after-school dance lessons. In the past I've been very disciplined and not allowed myself to write fiction during working hours but now the lines are blurring a little.
Nothing much has gone right for Jack since he graduated last year. His career has failed to take off, his fiancée has ditched him for someone with better prospects and now he’s received an invitation to their wedding. He dreads going to the wedding alone, surrounded by his high-achieving friends, so when he meets a beautiful girl who offers to accompany him he jumps at the chance.