Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing.
Her first novel Frantic, published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan, set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for crime fiction and was published in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.
Her second book The Darkest Hour, continues the pattern with Ella and another paramedic in a story described as a 'compelling drama… (with) an unnerving ring of truth' (Woman's Day) and was likewise published in a number of countries. Her third in the series Cold Justice, is much anticipated and due for release in Australia in early 2010.