About the author

Cynthia Perch has led a dramatic, adventurous, difficult life that she is not going to tell you about. Instead, she channeled some of her experiences into her fictional characters, with whom she has more in common than she cares to admit (including an aversion for root vegetables and marriage).

She lives in a small village in the Netherlands, whose inhabitants are a constant source of inspiration. In between caring for her family she hammers out plotlines and places strategic plotholes that drive her editor insane. She discusses all her plots with a plush raven called Benedict, a trusty companion who lives beside her computer.

When she is in the right mood, nothing is safe from her satirical (if slightly clouded) gaze. On several occasions, characters from the book have revolted and refused further cooperation. They have been dealt with.