Kate Mosse was born in 1961. An international No 1 bestselling author of eight novels and short story collections, including the multimillion selling Labyrinth (part of the Languedoc Trilogy) – which won Novel of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2006 and was a major television film starring John Hurt – her books have sold more than 8 million copies and been translated into 38 languages. Her Gothic fiction includes The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is currently adapting for the stage, and she’s also written four plays and three works of non-fiction. Her latest No 1 bestseller The Burning Chambers – the story of a three-hundred year feud between two rival families – is the first in a new historical series set against the backdrop of the French Wars of Religion and travels from 16th century Languedoc to 19th century Cape Town.
The Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the largest celebration of women’s writing in the world – Kate is also passionate about the theatre. Former Deputy Chair of the National Theatre in London, she hosts the pre show interview series at Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex. In 2019 she completed an International Writers’ Fellowship at the Dutch Literature Foundation in Amsterdam, she is a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and, in June 2019, was awarded a Medal by the City of Carcassonne for her services to culture & the Aude. Kate has two grown up children, lives with her husband Greg and mother-in-law, and divides her time (when possible!) between Chichester and Carcassonne.