Catherine Kullmann

CatherineWhBackgrd_LoResCatherine Kullmann was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, she moved to Germany where she lived for twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. She has worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector.
Catherine has a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which, she says, so often determines the present. She has always loved writing and is fascinated by people. She loves a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book. But then come the ‘whys’ and ‘what ifs’. She is particularly interested in what happens after the first happy end—how life goes on around the protagonists and sometimes catches up with them.
Writing historical fiction allows her to explore these questions against the background of the early nineteenth century—one of the most significant periods of European and American history. The Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland of 1800, the Anglo-American war of 1812 and the final defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 are all events that continue to shape our modern world. At the same time, the aristocracy-led society that drove these events was already under attack from those who recognised the need for 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.
It was 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, often with their husbands away for years with the army or at sea. And they began to raise their voices, demanding equality and emancipation.
The Murmur of Masks is Catherine’s debut novel. It is the first in a loose series of books set between 1800 and 1825, with the bulk of the action taking place between 1812 and 1825. By a loose series, she means one where the action takes place within the same time-frame but different characters take the lead in each book. Each book will also be stand-alone and it will not be necessary to read them in sequence but overall they will present an authentic picture of the period.

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