Clare Osborne was raised in the Essex countryside by her parents, who instilled in her their fondness for history. Inspired by a love of reading adventure stories, she hand-wrote her first novel, entitled The Mystery of the Kidnapped Girl, in her scrap book at the age of nine. Using her tape recorder, she then went on to make an audio cassette version, which survives somewhere in the corner of a loft.

    She left school to become an English secondary school teacher in Fiji, after which she went on to study Culture and Literature at Staffordshire University. She then went to Canada to live and work in the mountains, where she discovered she had a passion for snowboarding.

     A stint back in the UK was followed by a year living and working in Arizona and then working the winter season in Andorra. Clare eventually returned to England as a freelance journalist and writer, amongst other occupations. But before long she was back teaching English and snowboarding in Japan and then the French Alps.

     She now runs her own ski chalet in Slovakia with her partner as well as being a Teaching Assistant in an Essex primary school and looking after her two sons. If she’s not getting lost in the wilderness she can be found glued to her laptop, tapping away her next work of fiction. Her debut novel, Widurok, is a time-travel story set in Essex across two very different eras: the present day and the age of the Anglo-Saxons.