Born in France of an American mother and a Viennese father, Katri Skala has lived in the United States and across Europe. She has worked as a senior arts administrator, script editor, and literary editor in the field of new writing in Britain and the US for a range of organisations that include Channel 4, BBC, the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Arvon Foundation, the University of East Anglia and the Writers Centre Norwich. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature and journalism from Vassar (in the US), Cardiff and the University of East Anglia. She has had published short stories and magazine features. A Perfect Mother is her first novel. She works as a mentor to writers in all genres and at all stages of their writing life.
'A wonderfully accomplished novel...It manages to be complex and compulsively readable at the same time...It tells a story of attraction, parenthood and madness with great psychological subtlety, while also creating an unforgettable sense of place, equally at home in England and in Italy. I haven't encountered as beautiful a portrait of Trieste and its culture in many years.' Vesna Goldsworthy, author of 'Gorsky' and 'Monsieur Ka'.