Catherine Bilson . . . Grew up in North Wales in a house for which the foundations were originally laid in the 14th-century, so her interest in history was probably inevitable, but she despised the 20th-century geopolitics which passed for history at school. Instead, she devoured every historical novel she could lay her hands on, and found her greatest joy in the clever social commentary and witty repartee of Jane Austen.
When she moved to Stevenage in Hertfordshire for work in the late 1990s, she could not help but imagine Old Town Stevenage as Meryton, and the nearby Knebworth House as Netherfield.
Catherine married an Australian and moved to Queensland in 2001, far from the history she had grown up with, and it was then she started to write. The Best Of Relations, her first Austen tribute work, was published in 2015.