Nicola McDonagh was born in Liverpool and is a creative writing tutor and photographer. Originally Nicola trained as a photojournalist, then decided to do something more theatrical and gained a Hons. Degree in Drama and English Literature. Nicola spent many years as an actor, scriptwriter and workshop leader, but gave all that up when she moved to Suffolk UK and became fascinated by the beauty of her surroundings. Nicola returned to her love of literature and after gaining a Diploma in Creative Writing, and won the Suffolk Book League's Short Story Competition in 2011 with 'Glimmer'. Nicola was short-listed for the Escalator Genre Fiction Competition the following year with an extract from her unorthodox YA sci-fi novel 'Echoes from the Lost Ones'.