Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in Surrey in 1990, and her earliest ambition was to be a cat, closely followed by a cat-owner or the first woman on Mars. She has achieved only one of these things, but discovered that being a writer lets you imagine whatever you want.

She started writing poetry in her final year at university, producing three poetry books and a play before she turned to fiction. Her bestselling debut The Girl of Ink & Stars (aka The Cartographer’s Daughter in the US), about a mapmaker’s daughter who must save her island, was a Financial Times Book of the Year, Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, The Times Book of the Week, and appeared on numerous prize lists. Her second standalone story, The Island at the End of Everything, is published in May 2017.

Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and the fulfilment of one of her earliest ambitions: their cat, Luna.

Kiran answers some frequently asked questions here, or you can find out how to contact her here.