WHO IS CAEDIS KNIGHT?
Caedis Knight is the pen name of two established fantasy authors Jacqueline Silvester and N J Simmonds.
Jacqueline and Natali met at London’s Young Adult Literary convention in 2017. Jacky had just launched the first book of her Wunderkids series, and Natali was there with The Path Keeper, the first book in her trilogy, so they were both new in the publishing world and became close friends.
In 2019 Jacqueline called Natali and said ‘I have a strange request. You can say no if you want to but I’ve always wanted to write a fun but smart paranormal romance series set all over Europe full of sexy characters with a sassy female lead.’ Natali took two seconds to think about it and said ‘count me in.’ One year later they launched their first series together – BLOOD WEB CHRONICLES.
Jacqueline has enjoyed a colourful life!
She’s lived in a refugee camp in Sweden, a castle in France, a village in Germany, and spent her formative years in between Los Angeles, London and New York. As a result, she speaks four languages. In 4th grade she won her school’s poetry contest and she has not stopped writing since. She has written in many forms ranging from poetry to screenwriting, from prose to copywriting, and on one occasion a viral jingle.
Jacqueline has a Bachelors in English Literature from the University Of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway, University Of London. After graduating she wrote her first novel and began writing (and selling) cartoon screenplays. The two years she spent in an arts boarding school in the woods have inspired the particular world described in debut novel Wunderkids. She lives in London with her husband, her excessive YA collection and a hyper husky named Laika.
N J SIMMONDS
Natali spent her childhood in Barcelona, her teens and twenties in London, traveled solo around Australia and Asia for 14 months, raised her family in the south of Spain, and now lives with her husband and two kids in the Netherlands.
She began her career in glossy magazines, then went on to manage marketing campaigns for big brands before going freelance. In 2015 she co-founded online magazine The Glass House Girls and has since contributed to various online and print publications. As well as being the author of fantasy series The Indigo Chronicles (BHC Press) she also writes Manga comics runs her own marketing consultancy and lectures on storytelling and self-branding.
When Natali’s not writing or talking about writing, she’s traveling, painting or watching teen Netflix shows and wishing she had magical powers.