Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in London in 1990, and now lives in Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires. As well as writing novels, she is a published poet and playwright. Kiran does her best writing in bed or in pubs, which are two of her favourite places. She studied at Cambridge University and Oxford University, and was about to do a PhD when she decided writing was much more fun (though no less hard!)
Kiran’s debut novel, THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS (Scholastic/Chicken House UK May 5, 2016)/ THE CARTOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER (Random House/Knopf US July 2016) is a middle grade action/adventure. When her closest friend disappears into her island’s Forgotten Territories, Isabella Riosse volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But beneath the smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
- Favorite book growing up: Kiran still doesn’t feel quite grown up, but one of her favourite books was (and still is) THE NORTHERN LIGHTS trilogy by Philip Pullman.
- Childhood aspiration: The first woman on Mars! She was determined, until she realised you have to wee in your spacesuit (she’s a bit of a germaphobe).
- Favorite time of day/place to write: After lunch until late, preferably in a pub or in bed. Though this is the source of great guilt, as she just moved into a house with a beautiful study.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Kiran just finished THE BOY WHO LOST FAIRYLAND by Catherynne M Valente, and is now reading THE EXTRAORDINARY AND UNUSUAL ADVENTURES OF HORATIO LYLE by Catherine Webb.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Kiran loves dancing to music of all kinds, cooking of all kinds, and cuddling cats of all kinds.
- Surprising personal fact: When she was just weeks old, Nelson Mandela proclaimed her the most beautiful baby he’d ever seen. Her looks went downhill from there.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being a Sweet Sixteener!
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