Katherine Johnson was born in Queensland and grew up alongside the fig-tree lined Brisbane River. At university she combined her two loves ― writing and biology ― graduating with both Arts and Science degrees, with honours in marine biology. Katherine then moved to Tasmania where, after more than a decade working as a science journalist for the CSIRO and other organisations, she began writing fiction: stories of love, loss and resilience set against wild landscapes. Her first novel Pescador’s Wake (Fourth Estate) is set on the Southern Ocean, in South America and Tasmania. Her second features northern Tasmania’s vast caves. She is now completing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Tasmania.
Katherine has travelled in Africa, Indonesia, Europe and Alaska. She lives on a cliff top overlooking the sea with her husband and two children. Her latest adventure was to wild south-western Tasmania by yacht.