Growing up in rural New Zealand, AJ Lancaster escaped chores by hiding up trees reading books. She wrote in the same way she breathed—constantly and without thinking much of it—so it took many years and accumulating a pile of manuscripts for her to realise that she might want to be a writer and, in fact, already was. On the way to this realisation she collected a degree in science, worked in environmental planning, and became an editor.

Now she lives in the windy coastal city of Wellington and writes romantic, whimsical fantasy books about fae, magic, and complicated families. The Lord of Stariel is the first novel in her Stariel Quartet.