D. J. Blackmore is a beekeeper, simple-living advocate and mother of five. She has reared Border collies, milked cows and made cheese, yet stories are her oldest love. A hand-spinner for over thirty years, she still endeavours to spin straw into gold, at a spinning wheel or with the pen. As a child she spent one delicious summer in England, meeting her grandparents for the first time, visiting castles, cathedrals and ancient ruins. She has been a dreamer ever since. Life experiences, tales shared and characters met all serve as inspiration, and for D. J. Blackmore words are an expression of all the beauty we cannot see. The author writes contemporary as well as historical adult and young adult fiction, her debut novel translated into the language of the Czech Republic.