Born and bred in Musselburgh, Scotland, Marie Macpherson (nee Gilroy) left the Honest Toun to
study at Strathclyde University where she gained a PhD in Russian Literature. She spent a year in the former Soviet Union to research her thesis on the work of the 19th century Russian writer, Lermontov, said to be descended from the Scottish poet and seer, Thomas the Rhymer.
After retiring from academic life, she has found her niche in historical fiction. The rich history of East Lothian, Scotland, during the Reformation provides the inspiration for the Knox Trilogy, trilogy, a fictional account of the life of the Scottish reformer, John Knox
Prizes and awards include the Martha Hamilton Prize for Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and was awarded the title 'Writer of the Year 2011' by Tyne & Esk Writers.
She is a member of the Historical Writers' Association and the Historical Novels Society