K.J. Whittaker first fell in love with the Regency when she unearthed an old Georgette Heyer novel in her parents’ house, but soon discovered the dark side to this charismatic period of superficial splendour. It was a time of progress, discovery, glittering ballrooms and wild excess. It was also a time when a starving six-year-old child could be hanged for stealing bread. In 2015, she visited the battle site of Waterloo itself with archaeologists from Waterloo Uncovered, many of whom are also veterans, and has been fascinated by the Isles of Scilly since reading Michael Morpurgo’s When the Whales Came as a child. K.J. Whittaker is the Carnegie-nominated author of six YA novels published by Walker Books under the name Katy Moran; she worked as a bookseller and in publishing for many years before becoming an author. She still works part-time in a bookshop and lives in Shropshire with her family.