grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although I got older I never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels. I always wanted to write one myself but it took three careers and three different continents before I actually managed it.

I now feel incredibly fortunate to spend my time writing from my home in Adelaide, Australia where I live with my husband and children and where I keep an eye out for koalas in the backyard. My staple diet hasn’t changed much, although I've added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

I write young adult fantasy including books in my
Spoken Mage world and my three Four Kingdoms series which are made up of linked stand-alone stories that retell classic fairytales.

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The Princess Companion Q&A

Q: What draws you to this genre?
A: The Princess Companion is a young adult fairy tale retelling. I love the fantasy and romance of fairy tale retellings and their ability to whisk you away to another world. And I love young adult novels because it's such an exciting age with so many challenges but also so much hope and enthusiasm.

Q: What is the inspiration for the story?
A: The Princess Companion is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea. I chose this fairy tale because it isn't commonly adapted but I find all the unanswered questions fascinating. Why the obsession with a true princess? And since when is physical sensitivity the test of royalty?

Q: Tell us about the cover and the inspiration for it.
A: The cover is inspired by a scene in the book. Alyssa spends quite a bit of time in libraries throughout the novel and on one occasion she ends up sleeping in one of the chairs in the library, wearing a ball gown. But you'll have to read the book to find out why!