I was born in 1982 (no, really) in the north of England. When I was two, we moved to the south-east of England. Then for a bunch of time nothing happened, until the summer after my GCSEs when I was bored and sat down to write a story. Then I wrote another. Then another. Many, many terrible attempts later, I gave up and got a job at Stansted Airport, where I worked before, during and after 9/11, checking in passengers and baggage for a low-cost airline.
After I quit, I came up with the idea for Sophie. If you want to know exactly how, you can read about it here. Since then, writing's been my main focus, although in the meantime I've done things I'm not proud of. My job history involve lots of sweeping and many instances of ignoring a ringing phone. I've been known to get up at 3.30am or work until 11pm. Now, of course, I take great pains to avoid all those things. Except for 11pm. I'm rather fond of that.
My hobbies include researching my literary competition (reading lots of books), researching through a broad spectrum of media (watching films and TV), admiring the work of (drooling over) fine actors such as David Tennant, Richard Armitage and Hugh Jackman, and being used as a bed/scratch-post/chew-toy/human slave by my cats and dog.
Are they cursed as well as Chosen?
Ishtaer is a mystery. A blind slave, beaten and broken by her sadistic mistress, with no memory of a time before her enslavement.
Kael Vapensigsson is one of the elite Chosen – a warlord whose strength comes from the gods themselves. But despite all his power and prestige, he is plagued by a prophecy that threatens to destroy everything he loves. When Kael summons Ishtaer to his room and discovers the marks of the Chosen on her body, including the revered mark of the Warrior, both warlord and slave seem to have met their match.
But as their lives become increasingly entangled and endangered, Ishtaer is forced to test whether the Chosen ever have the ability to choose their own fate.