Katie grew up in Ottawa. An avid swimmer and movie-goer, she loved dreaming up plays for her friends to act out. She went to movie camp and took theatre workshops which eventually led to her landing the role of a spinster librarian in grade eight…the pinnacle of her acting career. After high school, Katie spent a year in the Katimavik youth program before undertaking her post secondary education in English, Film Studies, and Television Broadcasting.

While studying and working in the restaurant business, Katie met and married a bartender and they had a daughter, Alexandra, who is now an elementary school teacher.

In the decades that followed, Katie enjoyed an award-winning career as a screenwriter and director, collaborating on projects in animation, television and motion pictures. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, her films screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Sudbury Cinefest, Local Heroes International Film Festival and the NSI Film Exchange.

In 2013, Katie’s first-ever manuscript, Gone Monday, won top prize in the international Mslexia Women’s Novel Writing Competition. Buoyed by this unexpected success, and with her trusty golden retriever, Levi, by her side, Katie began writing another novel that was to become her publishing debut. The thriller Dark August is set in the Wellington West neighbourhood where she lives with her husband, Andy. The novel became an international bestseller and inspired a trilogy. In the second instalment, Poison Lilies, Augusta and Levi are back for another cold case when a body emerges from a frozen pond outside an historic Glebe apartment building. The third and final chapter unfolds in the novel, Buried Road (December 2024 release date), which tumbles forward more than a decade to find Gus and her daughter, Bly, on a precarious road trip to find a missing person. Katie is currently working on a new mystery thriller.

Author photo by Jill Woodley

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