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, a spell volunteering in Swaziland, and two workcamps, working with Buddhist monks on the Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes and restoring the village church in Charols, in France.
I worked as a solicitor until 1998, when I decided to write 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, published by NewCon Press in 2010.
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.
In 2017, small press Kristell Ink brought out a new edition of Children of the Shaman with cover art by Daniele Serra and internal illustrations by Evelinn Enoksen. Kristell Ink is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Grimbold Books, winner of the British Fantasy Society Small Press Award 2017.
They are bringing out my other books, The Glass Mountain and Malarat, together with the latest novel, Winterbloom. As well as my short story Terra Incognita, soon to be published in the anthology Terra Nullius, edited by Ellen Crosháin & Kate Coe and published by Kristell Ink, I have been working on another book in the shamanworld series, working title Tunguska.
Along with this blog, I co-host the Speculative Fiction Showcase with the redoubtable Cora Buhlert. The blog features a weekly round up of links compiled by Cora from all over the web, new releases, and interviews with Speculative Fiction authors from the indie and small press world. We also feature occasional guest blogs. We welcome submissions!
You can read more about Kristell Ink and their authors on their web-site, together with forthcoming titles.
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