A. J. Monkton is the pseudonym of writer and journalist Pamela Kelt.
'Born in Edinburgh, I grew up in the North West of England, went to the universities of Manchester and Oxford, specialising in 17th-century Spanish comic drama.
'Although I started out as a translator, I escaped via a turbulent and circuitous route of journalism and educational publishing to expand my interests to include botanical history, science fiction, local history, architecture, cocktails, wine-making and avoiding DIY. I’m also a fan of Insular art and other early Medieval stuff inspired by my daughter Lauren, an Edinburgh History of Art graduate. I returned to writing to combat the ‘empty nest’ syndrome and I’m now the author of several novels and stories. Half my books are historical fiction, written under the name of A. J. Monkton, while the rest are fantasy adventures under my actual name. One title, Half Life, is a co-production with my husband, Rob Deeth, a professor of inorganic computational chemistry and flying buff.
'Currently, I am working on The Blackfern Conspiracy, an action-packed sequel to The Lost Orchid, as well as a dark murder mystery called Machiavelli’s Acolyte, set in 17th-century Eastern Europe, introducing the death-magnet, Viktor Radislav. Of course, that’s not his real name.
'For more on all these titles, check out my Pam Kelt blog.'