Carrie Swift developed a passion for writing early, completing her first historical novel at the age of just 14.
After studying English Literature and Language at the University of Nottingham, with a special focus on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, she became sub-editor for Dark Angel Press, writing for and helping to produce all six volumes of iconic genre magazine 'Bloodstone' between 1998 and 2000, and in 1999, the still-controversial collection of vampire erotica, 'In Blood We Lust', under her given legal name, Louisianax E. M. Caliban.
Her two published novellas both sprang from the NaNoWriMo competition: 'Unconditional' (2011 winner), a meditation on love, loss, betrayal and the redeeming quality of a donkey's friendship, and 'The Twisted Skeins of a Family Tapestry' (2012 winner), a darkly weird twin-era murder mystery based on characters turned up in her own family history. These were both published on Kindle in 2013 and are now available in print versions on demand.
She also writes as Ellie Huncote, and has two novels, 'Dark Heart of Sherwood' (2009) and 'Blood of the White Rose' (2010), also available on Kindle and print on demand. 'Orphic Resonance', a poetry collection dedicated to her muse, came out in October 2013. Also during 2013 she wrote a double novel sequel to J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' (returning to her university passion for Old English and learning Khuzdul into the bargain!), which she is hoping to get licensed for publication in due course.
2014 started optimistically with 'The Last Dragon's Egg' - another Tolkienesque fantasy - being submitted to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.