Born in Rathangan, County Kildare, Laverty was educated at the Brigidine Convent, Carlow, where she studied teacher-training. She acted as governess and later secretary to Princess Bibesco in Spain. She became a foreign correspondent in Madrid. She returned to Ireland in 1928 and worked in Dublin as a journalist and broadcaster. She was a talented novelist and playwright, her most famous novel, Never, No More. Her work as food journalist led to the publication of Full & Plenty by Anvil Press in 1960.