Lynden Wade was home schooled in a village in West Africa, giving her lots of time to read. The bright colours of illustrations to fairy tales, legends and medieval history - worlds away from the dry grass lands and termite hills around her - inspired her to write her own stories. Her muses include Joan Aiken, Diana Wynne Jones and Rosemary Sutcliff. She has had stories published in The Forgotten and the Fantastical series and in the JL Fairy Tale anthology series. She is working on a historical novel set in Georgian London and Essex. She loves tea shops, book shops, period drama, castles and trees.