Katharine Ashe is the author of How To Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Books of 2012, and eleven other historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent.” Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She is a finalist for the Romance Writer’s of America prestigious 2014 RITA® Award and three-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including Historical Romance of the Year for 2013, as well as winner for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. In 2011, her novella A Lady’s Wish launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.
Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. She adores hearing from readers.
Many of my heroes and heroines have secret identities. There might be a reason for that…
In the third grade I dreamed of being a veterinarian when I grew up and spent every extra minute walking my best friend’s dog. That year I wrote a sequel to Margret Rey’s Pretzel, “the longest dachshund in the world,” featuring a much friendlier love interest than poor Pretzel’s wretchedly snobbish girlfriend.
As a high-schooler I still intended to be a vet, but of large animals, and I longed to live by the ocean—”down the shore” as they say in my hometown, Philly. Over vacation, on a yellow legal pad I penned the story of a horse-crazy girl summering at the beach who discovers the magical allure of that unique animal, the teenaged lifeguard. (My little sister sat next to me reading each page as I produced it. God bless every writer’s first fan.)
By the time I graduated from Duke University with my bachelor’s degree, I had a yen to teach. About then I delved into another writing project: a novel about a young English teacher learning a breathtaking new language in the arms of her soccer-coach colleague.
A decade or so later I found myself finishing up a PhD in History. While allegedly taking notes on ancient texts in the Vatican Library, I furtively filled my laptop with steamy chapters about a heretic priestess and the inquisitor-knight to whom she burns to surrender.
Eventually, I got the message. I love romance—the high adventure, pure emotion, and breathtaking sensuality of a hero and heroine’s journey together. Whatever else I’m doing, I simply must write romance.