Juliet E McKenna has always been fascinated by myth and history, other worlds and other peoples. While studying classical history and literature at St Hilda’s, Oxford, wargaming and rpgs expanded her imaginative landscape beyond her established love of reading – definitely a good thing for an aspiring author. After university, she worked in personnel management before a career change to combine bookselling and motherhood. Her first novel, The Thief’s Gamble, was published in 1999. That series, the Tales of Einarinn was followed by The Aldabreshin Compass sequence and her current trilogy, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution explores divided states, personal conflict and the rights and responsibilities of power. She is now working on a new trilogy and a few other projects. As well as writing short fiction, articles and reviews for online and print magazines, she is one of the leading lights of The Write Fantastic, an authors’ initiative promoting fantasy fiction. Living in Oxfordshire, England with her sons and husband, she fits her writing around her family and vice versa.