Katharine McMahon writes historical fiction and has extensive training experience, both in writing and in the criminal justice system. She has written and delivered national training courses for magistrates and served on the Sentencing Council of England and Wales and as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner. She believes that clear, simple language is the key to excellent communication in public life and encourages writers in the workplace to develop pleasure in their writing as an essential bridge between themselves, their clients, and the public. Katharine was an RLF Fellow at Hertfordshire and Warwick universities and at University College London. She is the author of ten novels, including the international bestseller The Rose of Sebastopol and two novels about a fictional pioneering woman lawyer, The Crimson Rooms and The Woman in the Picture.