Alexa Duir was born in the north of England to parents from both sides of the Pennines. She grew up in London and moved away on marriage to live in various towns in the east of England. In 2000, she accomplished a dream of 25 years and went to live in the west of England, in the small market town of Ross-On-Wye, on the edge of Wales. She had long since fallen in love with the outstanding beauty of this rural area of the UK. Her books are all set in the towns and countryside of this part of the UK.
She wrote the first book of the "Wyrdwolf" series in 1999, followed by nine more over the next 15 years. Each of the books draws on her working experience in trade unions and the civil service, working in many areas and drawing on a number of skills. In between other work, she trained as an investigator and now teaches graduates investigation skills. This enables her to bring to life some of the investigation techniques in her books.
She has had an interest in mythology and folklore since childhood and enjoys studying new areas with each book. She also has a practical interest in magic and says the entertaining thing about writing fantasy thrillers where the crimes are committed by magic, is to ensure the reader isn't cheated by the wave of a magic wand. "As with all good thrillers," she says, "The skill is to create limitations. If the hero or heroine can do anything, there's no suspense."