L.J. MacWhirter writes literary fiction for adults and young adults/ teens and speaks widely to groups, schools and festivals. Her debut novel Black Snow Falling is a richly layered magical-realism thriller. It has been nominated for three book prizes including the Carnegie Medal, and launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
In Black Snow Falling, Ruth has secrets. A love that she and Silas hide from the world. A banned book of science, and a haunting dream. When heart-breaking news shatters her plans, Ruth's devastation splits apart time where sinister creatures are rampaging through the years, plundering hopes and dreams. Now they're hunting her down. The novel draws on Liz's fascination with psychology, the inner workings of minds and mechanical machines, and how people can be controlled by culture. It explores themes such as hope, loss, resilience, heresy, Shakespeare and the Tudors, and sexism.
Her next novel is another thriller set in 15th century Scotland. Liz was born just outside London, grew up in the North West and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and family. When she's not writing fiction, Liz runs an award-winning copywriting studio, which takes her all over the world. (Photo credit: Chris Close)