Catherine Robertson has written three novels that have all been #1 bestsellers in New Zealand. She was born on March 7, a birthday she shares with Bret Easton Ellis, Ranulph Fiennes, Edwin Landseer, Ivan Lendl, Anna Magnani, Rik Mayall, Piet Mondrian, Maurice Ravel, Viv Richards, Lord Snowdon, Townes Van Zandt and Rob Roy. Catherine has met none of these people, and not just because half of them are dead, but she did see Townes Van Zandt in concert once. Before he died. Obviously.
Catherine has a husband and two sons. All four of them moved from Wellington, New Zealand to Marin County, California, then to Buckinghamshire, UK, and back again, like Bilbo Baggins, to Wellington. The eldest son has moved yet again, this time to London. He writes graphic novels and the youngest son plays guitar. Both sons play football. Their father cycles and used to race competitively. Their mother wouldn’t do anything if she didn’t pay a personal trainer to boss her around: “Glutes! Core!” The family has two dogs, one dumb, one smart like Pinky and the Brain, and a cat who is a male version of Servalan from Blakes 7 in her Supreme Commander phase.
Over the years, Catherine has been a freelance feature writer for various magazines and newspapers. Right now, she has a regular gig with The NZ Listener – a four-weekly review roundup of contemporary fiction, plus the odd standalone review and writer interview. She also contributes to New Zealand Books, a quarterly review publication.
She appears regularly on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel with Jim Mora, a current affairs discussion show. The first time brought on sweaty palms, but she’s getting the hang of it now.
Catherine also attends various book events, like the Yarns in Barns Great Debate (where her team won for the second time in a row). She is Chair of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and a member of the Romance Writers Association of New Zealand.
She will do her best to keep the News section of her website up to date, but in all honesty, the best way to find out what Catherine’s up to is to follow her on Facebook.