Catherine Czerkawska was born in Leeds, of English, Irish and Polish parentage. She moved to Scotland with her family at the age of twelve and has lived there on and off ever since. With a postgraduate masters in folk life studies, she has always been fascinated by social history and tradition.
She is an extensively published and produced writer of historical and contemporary novels and short stories, non-fiction and stage plays. She lives and works in a 200 year old cottage in Ayrshire with her artist husband, Alan Lees. Her historical novels include The Physic Garden, set in early nineteenth-century Glasgow, and The Jewel, about the life and times of Robert Burns's wife, Jean Armour, both published by Saraband. Her most recent book, A Proper Person to be Detained, is a true crime story, with a personal quest at its heart.