Christina McKenna grew up near the village of Draperstown, Northern Ireland. She attended the Belfast College of Art, where she obtained an honours degree in fine art. Having studied English as a postgraduate at the University of Ulster, she taught abroad for several years. She has lived, worked and painted pictures in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Ecuador and Mexico. In 2004 she published a memoir, followed by two non-fiction titles on the paranormal: The Dark Sacrament (2006) and Ireland's Haunted Women (2010). In 2011 she embarked on the Tailorstown Trilogy, a series of novels set in and around a fictional Ulster village. The books - The Misremembered Man, The Disenchanted Widow and The Godforsaken Daughter - were highly successful and have been translated into several languages.