Katherine Hart Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, the second of four sisters. Her father is the novelist Christopher Davis. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University where she studied poetry writing under Stanley Kunitz and Daniel Halpern. She currently divides her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountain village of North Branch, New York. She is a freelance editor and writer, working with business and other clients. Prior to moving back to New York in July 2001, she lived in Southern California where she had held jobs at a detective agency and at Walt Disney Studios, among others—and wrote screenplays.