Ruth Warburton grew up on the south coast of England and went on to study English at the University of Manchester, where she developed a fascination with Old English and Middle English texts. Researching A WITCH IN WINTER brought her back to them, in particular BEOWULF and LE MORTE D'ARTHUR. Other inspirations were ancient Mesopotamian demons, Voodoo spells, Tudor superstitions and 15th century witch-hunting guides. All these inspired the Winter Trilogy. Ruth is a publicist for adult fiction at Random House and lives in North London.