I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing stories. I loved reading, too, and aged ten my favourite books were the seven Narnia stories by C.S. Lewis. When I’d finished them I was desperate to read more – so I got an old blue notebook and started writing my own Narnia book. I think this was the moment I decided I wanted to be an author when I grew up.
I studied English at university, got a job, got married, had children and went to live in France and then in America. During this time I was almost too busy to write – so I began visiting libraries and schools, telling stories aloud. This turned out to be excellent practice for being an author! At last I moved back to England and began writing the stories that turned into the Troll Trilogy, which was republished in one volume under the title 'West of the Moon'.
I began this blog, 'Seven Miles of Steel Thistles' - with some trepidation - in November 2009. The name comes from a phrase in a Western Irish fairytale called 'The King Who had Twelve Sons', where the hero has to ride 'over seven miles of hill on fire, and seven miles of steel thistles, and seven miles of sea.' It seemed to me to be a good metaphor for the trials of writing fiction - often arduous! - and, indeed of life itself. In 'Steel Thistles' I indulge my love of fairytales, folklore, fantasy, myths, legends, and children's literature.
Thanks for taking the trouble to find out about me and my books. If you'd like to know more about the legends, research and stories behind the books I write, you'll find plenty of details at my website www.katherinelangrish.co.uk where you can also contact me.