Katharina Gerlach was born as the oldest child of a forester and his wife in Germany. Growing up with three brothers in the middle of a forest nothing much could shock her any more.
After taking her A-levels, she decided to study forestry, a subject with -at that time- nearly 50 tests and exams counting towards the degree.
Before the intermediate exam she spent one year studying in Edinburgh. After graduation she worked on a forest-simulation computer program in Bayreuth, finishing her education with a PhD in Science.
In Bayreuth, Katharina started to concentrate earnestly on a career as an author. She self-trained with creative writing books from the US (at that time there were none available in German) and managed to get several short stories published.