Born into a recusant Lancashire family described to Elizabeth I as 'of more than usual perversity', Katie Grant (K. M. Grant) mines her own and others' history to write historical novels for children and young adults.
Blood Red Horse (2004), book one of the de Granville Trilogy, set during the Third Crusade, is a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth and a USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book. The sequel, Green Jasper, was shortlisted for the 2006 Royal Mail Scottish Children's award, and How the Hangman Lost His Heart, the true-ish adventures of an executed ancestor's head, was an Ottakar's Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Book of the Week.
Divided loyalty drives her second trilogy, Perfect Fire, 'one of the best character-led, dramatically charged historical teen fictions I know of' (Bookbag), whilst Belle's Song (2011) features Chaucer in his lesser known role as spy, and Hartslove (2011) weaves a story around her family's 1861 Derby winner. Her work has starred reviews in the legendary Horn Book and, after two American booktours, she was a featured Author in April in Michigan.
Katie Grant lives in Glasgow, working as a journalist and occasional broadcaster. She has been writer-in-residence to the Johnstone Writing Group, a story-teller at the Roald Dahl museum and set up writing skills websites for the University of Glasgow. In a perfect world, she would also be a first class pianist.