As a child, C. P. Lesley thought everyone made up stories while falling asleep. It never occurred to her that anyone would pay her for them, and for a long time, she was right—no one would. But after years of producing horrible prose, reading books about novel writing, and pestering hapless fellow-writers and friends to read her drafts, some of the advice stuck, and she finished The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel, followed by The Golden Lynx, The Winged Horse, The Swan Princess , The Vermilion Bird, and The Shattered Drum.
She is currently working on a new series, Songs of Steppe & Forest, with Song of the Siren (Songs 1) released in February 2019 and book 2, Song of the Shaman, already drafted. When not thinking up new ways to torture her characters, she edits other people’s manuscripts, reads voraciously, maintains her website, and practices classical ballet. That love of ballet finds expression in her Tarkei Chronicles. A historian by profession, she also hosts New Books in Historical Fiction, a channel in the New Books Network.