Growing up in rural New Zealand, AJ Lancaster escaped chores by hiding up trees reading books. AJ wrote in the same way as breathing—constantly and without thinking much of it—so it took many years and accumulating a pile of manuscripts to connect this activity to ‘being a writer’. On the way to this realisation, AJ  collected a degree in science, worked in environmental planning, and became an editor.

Now AJ 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 the Stariel Quartet.