Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston lives in a wild, mountainous part of Wales. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Before becoming a writer, Paula tried her hand at various career paths, with mixed success. These included working as a groom on a racing yard, as a travel agent, a secretary, an English teacher, and a goat herd. Everyone involved (particularly the goats) is very relieved that she has now found a job she is actually able to do properly.

When not hunched over her keyboard in her tiny office under the stairs, Paula is dragged outside by her children to play Swedish tennis on the vertiginous slopes which surround them. She also enjoys being walked by the dog, hacking through weeds in the vegetable patch, or sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. Most of the inspiration for her writing comes from stomping about on the mountains being serenaded by skylarks and buzzards.

In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.


Here follows a little list of websites that are in some way related to what I do, or are people and things I like (the two are not mutually exclusive).

All foreign rights for 'The Witch's Daughter', 'The Winter Witch' and 'The Midnight Witch' are handled by St Martin's Press. Please send inquiries to - A very fine artist, if I may say so. - Any photographs of me that are flattering were taken by Claire - so she is, of course, an excellent photographer. - My publisher in America. - My publisher in the UK - watch this space! - The Historical Writers' Association - an energetic group of people passionate about historical fiction. - My long-suffering web designers. Aren't they good!? - Friend, mentor, and writer of somewhat addictive crime fiction. - Fellow Lancaster MA student and very good writer indeed. - See above.