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The Author


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 the sixth book in  her Songs of Steppe & Forest series. Song of the Steadfast.  Song of the Siren came out in 2019, Song of the Shaman in 2020, Song of the Sisters in 2021, Song of the Sinner in 2022, and Song of the Storyteller in 2023. 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 on the New Books Network.

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