Helena Coggan wrote the first draft of The Catalyst when she was thirteen. Her ambitions up to this point had been somewhat linear- she had wanted to write stories since she was six, and before that, she wanted to live in one.
She lives with her family in London and divides her time between writing and procrastinating, which her parents insist on calling ‘school’. The Catalyst is her first novel. Its sequel, The Reaction, will be published in February 2016.