J. A. Clement lives near London with her partner and a sneaky but handsome lurcher with a predilection for gingerbread. She writes her fantasy series "On Dark Shores" whenever she can, mostly in her lunch hour (which probably explains the excessive number of bacon sandwiches that have to be edited out later).
The main series is accompanied by the 'Parallels' series which features other stories set in the same world. Her "To-Write" list is as big as your "To-Read" list (and covers several genres, but she just needs to finish this series first...)
For advanced warning of new releases, you can sign up to her newsletter via her blog, or she's happy to be contacted by readers via email at jaclement [dot] ondarkshores [at] gmail [dot] com. She is happy to answer any questions she can without spoilers, and does love a good gossip with fellow bookworms. You have been warned...
Greta's daughter Holly has gone missing, and a terrible storm has eradicated all traces of her. Greta despairs but just when everything seems at its blackest, hope comes in the shape of a hare. At a loss for other options, Greta follows when it leads her into the mountains. But is it more than an animal? Where has Holly been taken? And what is the significance of the odd little tree-root doll?
Nereia, 7 years old, is very excited. Preparations are underway for the celebrations, and for the first time she will be allowed to take part in the Yuletide ceremony - but there is mystery in the air...Papa is away, and Mama is watching for every carriage that passes. Something is afoot... Nereia sets herself to find out what - or who - is the surprise that her father has promised her.
Greta lives with her grandfather in a cabin in the mountains. The winter is harsh and in the snow and cold they are running short of wood. Their handsome neighbour Matthias would help - but he is still trying to get back from the town. Who can help them?
And what is the significance of the sprig of holly?
A short story from the world of the "On Dark Shores" fantasy series.
Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship's captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.