Catherine Simpson was born and raised on a Lancashire dairy farm and moved to Edinburgh over 25 years ago. In 2013, she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for her novel Truestory, as a work in progress. Truestory was inspired by Catherine’s experiences raising her autistic daughter Nina. She and Nina now campaign for Autism Acceptance.
In 2016 Catherine received a Hawthornden Fellowship. Whilst there she began work on a memoir investigating the death by suicide of her sister, Tricia. The resulting When I Had a Little Sister was published by Fourth Estate.
As a freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in, among others, The Scotsman, The Herald and The Telegraph.