Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University.
Writing as Stirling, 'Finding Sky' was shortlisted for the German Children's Literature Award 2013 and 'Stealing Phoenix' reached the last three of the Lancashire Children's Book Award 2013. Struck won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015, the first YA book to do so.
She is also a Fellow of the English Association. Over half a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.