Annemarie Allan studied at Stirling University and worked as a teacher and librarian near London. Returning to Scotland, she took up a post at the Scottish Arts Council, and started writing fantasy and science fiction for children in her spare time. An earlier novel was shortlisted for the Saga/HarperCollins Children’s book award in 2006. Hox is her first published novel, and was the winner of the 2007 Kelpies Prize organised by publishers Floris Books. Hox was followed by the nautical fantasy Breaker, and Ushig in 2010.