Cath was brought up in Bradford and hoped to become an entomologist (insects) then a trapeze artist before settling on acting, age eight. Graduating in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University she moved to work as a community artist in Manchester where she lives with her family.
Looking for Trouble launched private eye Sal, a single parent struggling to juggle work and home, onto Manchester’s mean streets. Cath has published a further seven Sal Kilkenny mysteries.
Cath is also a scriptwriter, creator of ITV’s hit police drama, Blue Murder, which has sold worldwide in places as diverse as Fiji, Iceland and Yemen. Cath publishes the Blue Murder novels and was commissioned to write the Scott & Bailey books based on the popular ITV1 detective show. Her radio work includes drama series, Legacy, and she writes for Danny Brocklehurst’s Stone detective drama.
Cath’s novel Trio, a departure from crime, explores adoption and growing up in the 1960s. Finding Cath (RTE), a TV documentary, told the story of Cath’s re-union with her Irish birth family and her seven brothers and sisters.
Cath is writing a series of stand-alone novels where ordinary people find themselves caught up in extraordinary events.
Cath has been short listed for the CWA’s John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, the Short Story Dagger and in 2012 Cath and fellow Squaddie, Margaret Murphy were joint winners of the Short Story Dagger, for their stories Laptop and The Message from the Murder Squad anthology Best Eaten Cold.
Cath’s latest novel The Silence Between Breaths has been described by Ian Rankin as a ‘Powerful, thoughtful ensemble novel. Harrowing and humane. A real knockout.’