Aside from teaching a Year 1&2 class and studying for her Masters in Editing & Publishing, Australian writer Shayla Morgansen is the author of YA urban fantasy series The Elm Stone Saga. Her first two books, Chosen and Scarred, released in 2014 and 2015 respectively, have sold internationally, reaping excellent reviews from readers of ‘older’ YA/New Adult and more contemporary fantasy. Shayla loves travel and languages – she tries to incorporate multilingual characters into her expansive magical world and to give them a voice in their own language. She worked in a New Age store while she completed her Undergraduate and these experiences have shaped the lore of The Elm Stone Saga, but she is also a purist sci-fi nut, and this has bled into the series in the way she has developed a realistic, almost scientific style of magic for her characters to wield and explore. Shayla has always wanted to visit Northern Ireland, where the books are based, and lives vicariously through her array of colourful, worldly characters.