Books on the Hill publicity shot: www.booksonthehill.co.uk
Like my sister Sarah Ash
, author of The Tears of Artamon
trilogy, I was born in Bath and went to school there. I grew up during the 1960s and 70s, when the city looked completely different; many houses were stained black from pollution caused by coal fires.
After university, I trained as a solicitor and lived in Stoke Newington. My travels included a trip to Poland with the Cambridge Esperanto Group in 1981, a spell volunteering with IVS in Swaziland in 1983, and two workcamps in 1980, working with Buddhist monks on the Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes and restoring the village church in Charols, in France.
I worked as a lawyer in local government until 1998, when I decided to try writing full time. My short story My Brother Jonathan was short-listed for the Ian St James award in 1999.
Children of the Shaman was first published in 2001 by Orbit Books; The Glass Mountain followed in 2002. Both were translated into German, and published by Blanvalet as Die Eisgoettin and Der Glaserne Berg. Roc, a division of Penguin Puttnam, published Children of the Shaman in the States.
A short story, The Anniversary, appeared in The Write Fantastic anthology, Anniversaries, in 2010 published by NewCon Press. In 2013, I self-published the third book in the series, Malarat, and brought out the first two books as eBooks with Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and other markets.
Recently, small press Kristell Ink
brought out a great new edition of Children of the Shaman
with cover art by Daniele Serra and internal illustrations by Evelinn Enoksen. Recently short-listed for the British Fantasy Awards, Kristell Ink is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Grimbold Books.
I am really excited that they will be bringing out my other books, The Glass Mountain and Malarat, together with the newest novel, Winterbloom.
You can read all about Kristell Ink and their authors on their web-site here, together with forthcoming titles: http://kristell-ink.com/