For many years Cathie taught the piano at Exeter School, but several short story competition successes, led to her swapping keyboards and taking writing more seriously.
She lectured in creative writing at Exeter College and that experience resulted in a series of writing guides, including Amazon’s best-selling The Creative Writing Student’s Handbook authored with Margaret James.
In 2010, Cathie founded www.CreativeWritingMatters.co.uk. with Margaret and Sophie Duffy. The team offers author services and runs literary competitions, including the Exeter Novel Prize, now in its ninth year.