Catherine Chisnall

Catherine Chisnall

Q: How did you come up with your story?
As I’ve been a teaching assistant for 10 years, I have heard rumours and seen news items about female teachers having relationships with male students. I wondered what sort of person would do that, what would her circumstances be to make her do something so inappropriate? And what sort of person would the student be? What if he initiated the relationship? Who is abusing who? What if he was over 16 but under 18? Would the relationship be wrong? I wanted to provoke a debate about this, and the vulnerability of female teaching assistants among teenage males. I’ve had a different reaction from every reader from ‘she should go to prison’ to ‘he’s taking advantage of her’. Great!

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
Er… I’ve always written stories, for as long as I can remember. Its something I have to do, its not just a bit of fun or a hobby.

Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
A drama therapist. A careers counsellor. I like advising and helping people.

Q: Favorite genres to read?
Bio. and Memoirs, Humor, Romance.

Q: What are your pet peeves?
People who sneer at others.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
That I’m a writer.

Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
Night Reading.


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