Author Biography: Essie Fox
born Hereford, The United Kingdom
The Goddess and the Thief – with deposed Indian Maharajahs, Hindu gods and sacred diamonds, and Victorian seances in candlelit rooms – was published in December 2013.
Before that, I wrote The Somnambulist, which is set in the Victorian music halls and a secluded – perhaps haunted – country house. It appeared on Channel 4’s TV Book Club and was shortlisted for best debut in the National Book Awards. It has also been optioned for TV/film by Hat Trick Productions.
My second novel, Elijah’s Mermaid, features the hypocrisy in VIctorian art and literature, and how those worlds sometimes overlap with the murkier demimonde. There are brothels and freak shows…and mermaids!
You can also find me on Twitter as @essiefox, and on Facebook as Essie Fox Books.
other: Won this book off of a goodreads giveaway in December
Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.
Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband’s spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate…