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Juliet E McKenna

'I want to be sure readers out there realise that whatever you're looking for in fiction can be found within fantasy writing these days; thrills, suspense, romance, social or political comment, even the whodunit. And it all comes enhanced with the vivid colours and unusual flavours of countless new worlds. I just hate to think of people missing out on all this.'

Juliet E McKenna has been fascinated by myth and history, other worlds and other peoples since she first learned to read. This naturally led to studying Ancient Greek and Roman history and literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford as well as joining the OU Speculative Fiction Group.

After leaving university, she worked in recruitment and human resources, while continuing to read science fiction and fantasy, as well as whodunnits, historical novels, thrillers, serious literary fiction and just about anything else that looked interesting. Leaving personnel management to combine book-selling and motherhood for a couple of years, she secured a publishing contract for her first novel, The Thief’s Gamble published in 1999.

She is the author of the highly acclaimed Tales of Einarinn series, currently translated into more than a dozen languages as well as The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, the first volume of which is Southern Fire. She's now working on a new trilogy, Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, published simultaneously in the UK and the US by Solaris. Irons in the Fire and Blood in the Water will be followed by Banners in the Wind in mid 2010.

In recent years, she has brought together the things she's learned since becoming a professional writer that would have been so useful to know when she was an aspiring author, and runs half and full-day courses on creative writing, relating to both Science Fiction and Fantasy, and to general fiction.Living with her husband and children in Oxfordshire she fits her writing and her teaching work around her family and vice versa.

You can find Juliet's own website here

Juliet is published by Solaris and by Orbit in the UK.