Catherine Kullmann was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, she moved to Germany where she lived for over twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. She has worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector. She has a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which so often determines the present. She is fascinated by people. She loves a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book.
Catherine has always enjoyed writing, she loves the fall of words, the shaping of an expressive phrase, the satisfaction when a sentence conveys my meaning exactly. She enjoys plotting and revels in the challenge of evoking a historic era for characters who behave authentically in their period while making their actions and decisions plausible and sympathetic to a modern reader. In addition, she’s fanatical about language, especially using the right language as it would have been used during the period about which she’s writing. But rewarding as all this craft is, there is nothing to match the moment when a book takes flight, when your characters suddenly determine the route of their journey.
Her novels are set in the newly created United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland during the extended Regency period. The Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland of 1800, the Anglo-American war of 1812 and more than a decade of war that ended in the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 are all events that continue to shape our modern world. It was a time of revolution and inspiration, still a patriarchal world where women had few or no rights, but they lived and loved and died, making the best lives they could for themselves and their children. And they began to raise their voices, demanding equality and emancipation.
At the same time, the aristocracy-led society was under attack from those who demanded social and political reform, while the industrial revolution saw the beginning of the transfer of wealth and ultimately power to those who knew how to exploit the new technologies. Come and join me in exploring this world.
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The Murmur of Masks: Love and Heartbreak in Regency England – Romance, Regency
“The settings were rendered as expertly as the characters and the plot, and the author vividly and convincingly depicts both the harsh reality of battlefields in France and the pleasures and challenges of society life in England.”
Perception & Illusion – Romance, Regency
“It has all the key ingredients a lover of historical fiction looks for—characters that are a true reflection of the era, a plot that adheres strictly to what one might expect of social constraints of the time, and beautiful historical language that should go hand in glove with any Regency novel but seldom does.”
A Suggestion of Scandal: A Regency Novel – Romance, Regency
“An enchanting story, with believable characters, rich description and page turning plots from first pages to the last.”
The Zombi of Caisteal Dun: A Gothick Short Story – Romance, Regency, Short Story
“I love a good Gothic story. This had many of the things I enjoy.”