Meet Barbara Russell!

“I live and work in Auckland, the City of Sails, New Zealand. I’m a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs, but I promise, it’s more exciting than it sounds. I started writing when I was eight and never stopped since. I was a kid when I read Ivanhoe by Sir W. Scott and fell in love with historical novels. Then I discovered historical fantasy, and I fell in love again. In fact, I took it too seriously and believed that my elderly, bearded neighbour was Merlin and his black cat was Morgan le Fey. When I read Harry Potter and learned about Animagi, I knew I was right. Then I grew up and… nah, I’m joking.

Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.”