Hi, I’m Catherine Bruton, multi-award winning author of fiction for readers of all ages.

I write fiction for children and young adults, including  ‘No Ballet Shoes in Syria’  (Winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award 2020, The Sheffield Book Award and The Middle East Book Award) , Carnegie nominated ‘We Can Be Heroes’ (now a family feature, starring Alison Steadman and Phil Davies) ‘Another Twist in the Tale’  (Winner of the North Somerset Book Award) and the forthcoming ‘Following Frankenstein’ .  Under my pen name Cate Shearwater, I also write the much loved ‘Somersaults and Dreams’ series.

My forthcoming Rom-Com Confessions of  a Helicopter Mummy’  has been described as ‘The most sparkling romantic comedy of the year’ and ‘Bridget Jones meets the Bad Moms via ‘Sex in the City’ for the Tik Tok Generation!’

For more information about my fiction, head to the Books section. I enjoy appearing at book festivals and am available for school visits, both virtually and live which can be booked through Authors Aloud (see Contact page for more details).


Following Frankenstein cover reveal

A breath-taking, epic adventure, spanning the icy wastes of the Arctic Tundra to the vaudeville circus of New York, from the award-winning author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Another Twist in the Tale.

Catherine talks about the inspiration for ‘Following Frankenstein’ and reads from the opening chapter

Confessions of a Helicopter Mummy

Fun-loving, intelligent, sexy journalist and single mum… seeks companionship (ideally), love (possibly), sex (definitely maybe!); laughter (compulsory)…. with like-minded, clever, cute middle-aged single man (no ‘still-married-but-my-wife-doesn’t-get-me’s need apply) Ideally based in the SW…

Parenting journalist Anni is 46 and mum to teenage daughter, Cassie.
It’s two years since her philandering first (and only) love Joel walked out taking the last of her self-confidence with him and she has remained resolutely single ever since.
Her friends decide it’s high time she was back in the dating game; they set up a Tinder profile to encourage her to venture out of her slippers and into her Louboutains.But Anni is woefully unprepared for the virtual world of romance and trying to learn the protocols of social media might just be a Bitmoji too far…

Swipe right for the most sparkling romantic comedy of the year