K. M. Grant, also Katharine Grant, was born into a family described by Lord Burghley, Treasurer to Elizabeth 1st, as of ‘more than usual perversity’. Her five times great uncle, Francis Towneley, was the last person in the UK to be hanged drawn and quartered. Katharine grew up on the edge of the Lancashire moors, the third of six sisters and one brother. She has been a newspaper columnist in Scotland, and the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. She is currently an RLF Consultant Fellow and Chair of the panel of judges for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Katharine’s first children’s book, Blood Red Horse, a historical novel and the first of the De Granville Trilogy, was published by Puffin in the UK in 2004 and followed by Green Jasper and then Blaze of Silver, the final instalment in the trilogy, in 2007. The trilogy was published by Walker Books in the US. Puffin also published a standalone book – How the Hangman Lost his Heart – in 2006.
The Perfect Fore Trilogy was published by Quercus. The first title, Blue Flame, was published in 2008 and was followed later in the same year by White Heat. The final title in the series, Paradise Red, was published in October 2009. Belle's Song was published in 2011, also by Quercus.
Sedition, her first novel for adults, was published to rave reviews in 2014 by Virago in the UK and Henry Holt in the US.