Paula de Fougerolles has a doctorate from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, and has taught and published in the field. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Scotland and Ireland, including a year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in which she crisscrossed Europe in search of the physical remains of the Dark Ages--research which ultimately led to this historical fiction series. She has resided in all the places you will meet in "The Chronicles of Iona: Exile", but now splits her time between Boston and a miniscule town in the Berkshires which has no school, post office, stores or traffic lights. A husband, two kids and a standard poodle keep her occupied when she's not in the sixth century. While she has other non-fiction books and academic articles to her name, this is her first novel.