Penelope Wallace has lived in St Andrews, Oxford, Aberdeen and Nottingham. She is a pedantic bibliophile, a sometime lawyer, a not-completely-orthodox Christian, a wishy-washy socialist, a quiet feminist and a compulsive maker of lists. She has practised law in England and Scotland, in the fields of employment, conveyancing, and marine insurance litigation.
Her favourite authors include Jane Austen, Robin Hobb, Agatha Christie, Nancy Mitford, George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien, Marilynne Robinson, JK Rowling and the Anglo-Catholic Victorian Charlotte M Yonge.
She invented a world where the buildings and manners are medieval, but the sexes are equal.
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Where do you get your inspiration from?
Speculation about a world without gender prejudice, miscellaneous ideas… and a man who walked into my head.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing on and off since I was six, when I wrote a shortened version of “The Jungle Book”.
To the hall with six flames
Call the great of the nine
For an heir to the king.
They will seek for a sign.
Who should rule the powerful land of Jaryar when its childless king dies? Instead of preparing for war, the two contenders agree to that extraordinary thing, an election.
Dorac Kingsbrother was one of the King’s Thirty in the kingdom of Marod. That was before he was found guilty of the murder of Lord Gahran’s three children. Though Gahran was a traitor, his children were innocent. The code of the King’s Thirty leaves no room for such a barbaric act, and for this heinous crime Dorac faces a life in exile.