Like my sister Sarah Ash
, author of The Tears of Artamon
trilogy, I was born in Bath and attended school there, apart from four years in London at St Paul’s School for Girls.
I studied English at King’s College Cambridge from 1979 to 1982, where I was part of the red fringe, despite being essentially a woolly liberal. I was there at the time of the great debate about structuralism and literary criticism.
As well as a spell as a Kibbutz volunteer in Israel, travelling home via Greece and Turkey, my travels included a trip to Poland with the Cambridge Esperanto Group, several months volunteering in Swaziland with IVS, and two workcamps, helping Buddhist monks build the Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes, and restoring the village church in Charols, France.
It was while working in France in 1980 that I came across la Garde Adhemar and Eyzahut, places that were to play such a critical role in the building of the shamanworld.
After university, I trained as a lawyer and lived in Stoke Newington. I worked as a solicitor until 1998, when I chose to write full time.
I am of mixed Jewish, Irish, German and English heritage. I am interested in religion and spirituality, folklore, myth and ritual, and all things arcane and wonderful. My ancestry is important to me and is reflected in my stories, which are eclectic and diverse.
A short story, My Brother Jonathan was short-listed for the Ian St James award in 1999.
Children of the Shaman was originally published in 2001 by Orbit Books and shortlisted for the Locus Magazine Best First Novel Award; The Glass Mountain followed in 2002. Both were translated into German by Marianne Schmidt, and published by Blanvalet as Die Eisgoettin and Der Glaserne Berg. Roc, part 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. In 2019, they published The Glass Mountain
, the other books in the series to date.
My short story Terra Incognita
is available in the anthology Terra Nullius
, edited by Ellen Crosháin & Kate Coe and published by Kristell Ink, together with two other Science Fiction Anthologies.
Along with this blog, I co-host the Speculative Fiction Showcase
with 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