Kate Blackadder was born in the Scottish Highlands and now lives in Edinburgh with a view of the Castle. Since she took up writing in 2005 she has had three serials and over forty short stories published, mostly in women’s magazines. Two serials, The Family at Farrshoreand The Ferryboatare now available in large-print library editions, and she brought out a collection Three’s a Crowd and other family storiesin 2016. Among other competitions, she has won the Muriel Spark Short Story Award (judged by Maggie O’Farrell) and was long-listed for the Jane Austen Short Story Award. Stella’s Christmas Wishis her first full-length novel.