Meet Katharine

Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Devil’s Duke series, and more than a dozen other historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent.”  She is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America — in 2014 for How to Marry a Highlander and in 2015 for My Lady, My Lord — and a three-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including winner for Best Historical Romantic Adventure in 2012, and her novel How to Be a Proper Lady was an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of the Year.  Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World Magazine, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, All About Romance, Booklist, Library Journal, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages around the world

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt.  A professor of European history and pop culture, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too.  She adores hearing from readers.

A (Secret) Message from Katharine

Many of my heroes and heroines have secret identities. There might be a reason for that…

In the third grade I dreamed of being a veterinarian when I grew up and spent every extra minute walking my best friend’s dog.  That year I wrote a sequel to Margret Rey’s Pretzel, “the longest dachshund in the world,” featuring a much friendlier love interest than poor Pretzel’s wretchedly snobbish girlfriend.

As a high-schooler I still intended to be a vet, but of large animals, and I longed to live by the ocean—”down the shore” as they say in my hometown, Philly.  Over vacation, on a yellow legal pad I penned the story of a horse-crazy girl summering at the beach who discovers the magical allure of that unique animal, the teenaged lifeguard.  (My little sister sat next to me reading each page as I produced it. God bless every writer’s first fan.)

By the time I graduated from Duke University with my bachelor’s degree, I had a yen to teach. About then I delved into another writing project: a novel about a young English teacher learning a breathtaking new language in the arms of her soccer-coach colleague.

A decade or so later I found myself finishing up a PhD in History.  While allegedly taking notes on ancient texts in the Vatican Library, I furtively filled my laptop with steamy chapters about a heretic priestess and the inquisitor-knight to whom she burns to surrender.

Eventually, I got the message.  I love romance—the high adventure, pure emotion, and breathtaking sensuality of a hero and heroine’s journey together.  Whatever else I’m doing, I simply must write romance.

I offer heartfelt thanks to…

  • My beloved family for their help, support and enthusiasm
  • My readers, for your love of my stories, and for your kind letters, posts, tweets and messages that make me so happy
  • The team at HarperCollins Publishers, especially Executive Editor Lucia Macro, Publicist Caroline Perny, and Associate Publisher Shawn Nicholls
  • Kimberly A. Whalen of The Whalen Agency, Ltd.
  • Author’s assistant Cari Gunsallus
  • The women and men of Mid-Michigan Romance Writers and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers
  • Emily Cotler, Maxamaris Hoppe and everybody at Wax Creative Design
  • Karrie Matthews
  • Aimée Laine, LLC
  • Nan at PS Studio
  • Julie Schroeder Designs
  • Carrie Divine of Seductive Designs
  • Sharlene Martin Moore of Graphics By Sharlene