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CM Lance

Kate Lance grew up in the town of Speers Point, on Lake Macquarie, NSW. From childhood she read obsessively and bears the distinction of being the only girl in her primary school to get the cane for reading a book (Biggles) during class. An Arts degree at Newcastle University terminated in third year when she took Timothy Leary's advice to turn on, tune in and drop out.

She enjoyed hippie life in Britain and Holland for a time, then decided to return to study. Queen Mary College, London University, graciously accepted the challenge. Kate started off in Biology but ended up in Physics. Her first son, Alex, was born two weeks after her final exams.

Kate completed a doctorate in Astronomy at Mount Stromlo Observatory, ANU, in 1986. After her younger son, Joe, was born she moved into Unix computer networks. Luckily by then it was the 1990s and the Internet was about to take over the world. Kate was System Manager at Connect, the pioneering Melbourne ISP, for four years.

In 2000 she became fascinated by the life of a pearling lugger which had survived almost one hundred years of history, including a commission into the Navy during the Pacific War, and voyages as a Greenpeace protest vessel. Her book Redbill: From Pearls to Peace won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.

Intrigued by the untold stories behind the works of Alan Villiers, once a world-famous maritime author, she wrote a biography based upon his private diaries. Alan Villiers: Voyager of the Winds won the Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution in 2009.

Kate's writing has a strong grounding in maritime and military history, but is focussed upon human experience during extreme events. She still works part-time in Internet technology, and lives with two whippets in Victoria near Wilsons Promontory.

The Turning Tide was published July 2014 by Allen & Unwin Publishers.