Born in Cambridge, UK, Catherine Condie trained as a business linguist at Anglia Ruskin University. Her first job was in corporate communications and public relations, where she progressed as an in-house writer and magazine editor in the science community, later taking on roles including marketing and communications advisor for a European electronics training programme and business development manager for an internet company. She has written a number of feature articles, which have been published in the scientific press. In her spare time, Catherine is also a singer/songwriter and guitarist with a catalogue of ballads and folk-pop, which she first performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival at the age of 19. More recently she has enjoyed being part of a local rock band and writing fiction for children.