CM (Kate) Lance grew up on Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. Her background is in science and technology, but in 2000 she ran across the story of the charmed life of an old Broome pearling lugger, Redbill, and discovered the joys of archives and writing. Kate Lance’s first book, Redbill: From Pearls to Peace, won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.
Her second book, Alan Villiers: Voyager of the Winds, won the Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution in 2009. Her novels include The Turning Tide, published in 2014 by Allen & Unwin, and Atomic Sea, published in 2016 by Seabooks Press. Kate has two adult sons and lives with two whippets near the water in green South Gippsland.