Manda Scott was born and raised in Glasgow. She studied veterinary surgery at Glasgow University, and moved to Newmarket in 1986, working specifically with horses. While at Newmarket she started writing, first for television and then novels. Her first book, Hen’s Teeth, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize. Scott’s first four novels were contemporary crime thrillers, but in 2000 she turned to historical novels with her hugely successful Boudica series. The first of these, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle, was published in 2001. There are now four novels in the Boudica series.
Her novel The Crystal Skull, is a thriller and was published in January 2008, and was re-released in 2009 to coincide with a movie on the same theme, 2012. She continues to work part-time as a veterinary surgeon, and lives in Shropshire with her partner and dog, Inca.