Kari Sperring grew up dreaming of joining the musketeers and saving France, only to discover that the company had been disbanded in 1776 and anyway never admitted women. Disappointed, instead she studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, going on to do a PhD in the same department about 11th century Welsh foreign policy (yes, really). As K.L/Kari Maund she has written and published five books and many articles on Celtic and Viking history and co-authored a book on the history and real people behind her favourite novel, The Three Musketeers (with Phil Nanson). Alongside this, she went on writing fiction (she completed her first novel at the age of 8 – it was 12 pages long and about ponies) and began selling short fiction in 2007. Her first novel Living with Ghosts was published by DAW books in March 2009. It was awarded the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer 2010 by the British Fantasy Society, was short-listed for the IAFA William L. Crawford Award 2010 and made the Honor List for the 2010 James Tiptree Jr Award.
Her second novel, The Grass King’s Concubine is forthcoming from DAW in 2012/3. She’s currently at work on a sequel, and on a mediaeval Welsh themed Sekrit Projekt.
Her website is http://www.karisperring .com and she writes a regular blog on Live Journal http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/. She can be found on Facebook as Kari Sperring and on Twitter as @karisperring.