Rhian was born in Swansea but moved to the Brecon Beacons where she went to school until was 11. She then moved all the way across the border to Hereford. She returned to Wales to study English Literature at Aberystwyth. She trained as a Drama and English teacher and wrote her first novel during her first few years in teaching.
She got her first publishing deal aged 26 and went on to write three more novels for Bloomsbury. She took a break to have three children and during this time taught Creative Writing and also a Children’s Literature course for the Open University.
The Boy who drew the Future and Hope are both published by Firefly. Rhian’s latest publication is the novella ‘Matchgirl’ as part of Three Strikes (2018). She is a National Trust writer in residence at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood. She currently lives in Rutland, the smallest county in the UK, with her family and their two very lively spaniels.
You can follow Rhian on twitter on @Rhian_Ivory.