Kate Penney is the co-author of seven novels for young adults, including the House of Shadows and Throne of Swans duologies, which she wrote with her sister as Katharine Corr. Before becoming a writer, Kate read history at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and then trained and worked in London as a chartered accountant. She loves Jane Austen, cosy crime and all things mythological and mysterious. Kate lives in Surrey with her husband, daughters and cats.