Kate joined the army straight from her all-girls school because the ratio of men to women was 500:1. She had to leave the army when she married and started a family and in a brief moment of boredom during the 5 years when she produced 3 children and moved house 6 times, she wrote her first book which she self-published with a fellow army wife and which went on to sell a staggering 16,000 copies. Since then she's carried on with the books, and lived in Thame in Oxfordshire for 17 years. She has now written 2 non-fiction books, 13 published novels so far. From 2007 - 2009 she was the chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and captained the RNA team in University Challenge – the Professionals which got to the Grand Final in 2005.