Fran studied Journalism at degree level then rediscovered creative writing, a passion of her childhood, after the birth of her second child.
Following a year of prolific output she turned her efforts towards becoming a professional writer and wrote the short story that later grew into Book One of Where Dead Gods Lie Buried.
Authors she admires are J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Elspeth Cooper and Joe Abercrombie.
Fran is 34 and lives in Surrey with her husband, daughter and son. She enjoys fantasy role playing games, practices historical European martial arts and is fluent in Italian. She recently had a short story published in Tales of the Nun & Dragon, an anthology by Fox Spirit publishing, and has another coming out in 2013. She also contributes articles to digital martial arts magazine, Martial Heart. Visit her personal blog here.
David Murray is 46 and graduated from Hull University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing. He has been a self-employed copy editor and proof-reader. He is also a published poet who has had a sestina read aloud by Carol Rumens.
He is interested in history, science, the origins of religion, the foibles of humanity and believes that time spent reading is never wasted. He also blogs under the name Daddy Grognard on the subject of Old School Dungeons and Dragons, which he has played since 1979.
He admires Philip Pullman, Christopher Hitchens, Joe Abercrombie, Garth Nix and JRR Tolkien, whose seminal work he reads once every decade