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Catherine Thorsen


Catherine is a developmental editor and writing coach. She specialises in thrillers, suspense, women’s fiction, uplit, urban fantasy and romance. She is passionate about storytelling and works with debut and novice authors who want to learn how to develop high-quality manuscripts for self-publication and querying.


Catherine wants to make sure your manuscript gets the attention it deserves. She uses a supportive editing style based on encouraging feedback and an open dialogue, and will help you set achievable goals that suit your strengths and ambitions. She offers friendly and affordable developmental edits, manuscript assessments and coaching.

Catherine has 5 years’ experience as an editor and 17 years’ experience as a beta reader. She is also a beta reader at the Queensland Writers Centre, and a judge at an international book award. She has a background in media and communication and additional experience in fitness and agriculture. In her spare time, Catherine likes to read, hike, solve puzzles and kill plants in increasingly creative ways because the internet told her to. She has lived in Norway, the UK and Victoria, and now calls Western Australia home. She lives in Busselton with her partner and their two cats.

Use the contact form or email Catherine directly at [email protected] for a free sample edit and a no-commitment chat about your manuscript.

Relevant qualifications

Australian Writers' Centre 2022
Anatomy of a Crime: How to write about Murder.

Editorial Freelancers Association 2018
Various courses in developmental editing of fiction, specialising in thriller mystery suspense, and romance.

Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading 2018
Introduction to Fiction Editing.

College of Further Education Norway 2001 - 2004
Media and Communications. Focus: scriptwriting and journalism.

Recent experience

Catherine can't think of anything worse than speaking in front of a crowd, so she has no recent experience.


Maiden of Belial - Becca Kabelis

Maiden of Belial - Becca Kabelis

Publisher: Clan Whelan

Publ. date: 2022

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Court of Venom - Kristin Burchell

Court of Venom - Kristin Burchell

Publisher: Ooligan

Publ. date: 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Foretold - Violet Lumani

Foretold - Violet Lumani

Publisher: Uproar

Publ. date: 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Get in touch

Email [email protected]




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