Lydia's quiet expat life in Cambodia is dramatically turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Song, a young & vulnerable Vietnamese girl, and the flattering romantic attentions of a handsome, dashing local man. Just as she settles into this new-found happiness, everything is shattered as Song is kidnapped and sold into the child sex trade. Broken, Lydia returns to the UK, confirmed in her doubts about 'God', only to find the most unexpected guest on her doorstep one night many years later with the most incredible story to tell of hope lost and innocence restored.
‘This powerful novel gives a challengingly painful insight into the horrific truths of child sex-trafficking in Cambodia from the perspective of an 11-year-old Vietnamese girl, Song, who encounters "Safe Hands", an organisation dedicated to freeing and rehabilitating victims of trafficking. The book describes the raw suffering of sexual slavery and the poignancy of complex relationships affected by trafficking but concludes with a message of hope – that Christ’s power can enable love and forgiveness even in extreme cruelty and suffering.’ – Caroline (Baroness) Cox
Lydia’s Song was a finalist in the Christian Fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Awards 2016.
This short story was inspired by a harrowing documentary about FGM that Katherine saw a few weeks after the birth of her second child. Her second child had been delivered by forceps and she was recovering from both an episiotomy and a tear at the time of viewing. The discomfort she was feeling enabled her to empathise with the agony women enduring FGM suffer, many of whom are young girls at the time.
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This short story is about an Afghan boy pushing his grandmother to Europe in a wheelchair told from the grandmother’s perspective. It was inspired by a true life story that she heard about in the news. It was shortlisted in the Patrician Press competition and was published in an anthology by Patrician Press in February 2017.
Katherine’s short story ‘Travels by Wheelchair’ was shortlisted in the Patrician Press competition on the theme of Refugees and Peace-Keepers, 2016. It was published in an anthology in February 2017.
'A Heart on Fire' is a love story with a twist about a young athlete with a troubled past who is drawn to Eric Liddell and meets him in a time-shift encounter. It is inspired by the film Chariots of Fire.