Diane Simpson was born in Salford and grew up in North Yorkshire. She won a Northern Promise Award in 2003, a Royal Literary Fund Writers’ Pool bursary in 2005 and has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University. Her short story, Isetnefret, set in ancient Egypt, was published in the journal of the Historical Novel Society, having won the Explore Prize. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first novel, The Sugar Accounts, set in Jamaica and England in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Her second novel, in progress, is set in Venice and England in the early years of the 19th century, and her third novel, in progress, is set in the present.