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My name is Katherine Pathak. I live with my husband and two young children. I taught History in secondary schools for over ten years and also took some time out to bring up my kids. I started writing about a year ago and have just self published my first book, ‘Aoife’s Chariot’. This is me with my dad, he is appearing in this photo because my book was inspired by his childhood spent on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Scotland, which for fictional purposes I renamed ‘Garansay’. My dad had such an interesting and unique family history and I had spent my childhood hearing all about it and thinking how magical it was. So I hoped that others might find that world magical too. Making the island a fictional one allowed me to play around with the geography a little. This gave me more scope to create new storylines and characters and to weave the landscape into my narratives as I did in ‘Aoife’s Chariot’. I did wonder at first if juxtaposing both real and imaginary settings in my novels would work out but I really think it does and plenty of authors before me have used the same trick with great success.

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