Catriona was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada before coming back to the UK. She has now lived in the Chilterns longer than she has ever lived in anywhere, a fact that still comes as a surprise.
After more than twenty years spent writing technical reports at work and fiction on the commuter train, Catriona made the shift into freelance writing. She now writes a regular column for Words with Jam literary magazine, researches and writes articles for Quakers in the World and tweets as @L1bCat.
Gift of the Raven grew from a story that had been in her head for many years, but which crystallised after the birth of her daughter. Like much of her writing, it explores themes of identity and childhood memory – in this case set against a backcloth of Canada from the suburbs of Montreal to the forests of the Haida Gwaii.
Her first full length novel, Ghost Town, will be published later this year
The people of the Haida Gwaii tell the legend of the raven - the trickster who brings the gift of light into the world. Canada. 1971.Terry always believed his father would return one day and rescue him from his dark and violent childhood. That's what Indian warriors were supposed to do. But he's thirteen now and doesn't believe in anything much. Yet his father is alive. Someone has tracked him down. And Terry is about to come face to face with the truth about his own past and about the real nature of the gift of the raven.