Melissa mainly writes historical fiction and her first novel, The Fragrant Concubine, was Editor’s Choice at the Historical Novel Society. Her latest, The Cold Palace, won the 2019 Novel London award. She was the Leverhulme Trust Writer-in-Residence at the British Library and now runs regular workshops there. Melissa is completing a PhD in Creative Writing and has self-published 13 books. If you’d like a taste of her writing, visit her website www.melissaaddey.com to pick up a free novella, The Cup.