West Middle School is excited to announce the 2009 middle school author, K. M. Grant. Ms. Grant is married and lives in the city of Glasgow, Scotland with her husband and children.  When her third child was a baby, she went to university and studied history, especially medieval history.  It was so full of wonderful stories of people both wicked and heroic, and horses played such an enormous part in their lives, that it was almost impossible not to write about them.  Her first attempts at writing led her to the deGranville triology (Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper, Blaze of Silver).  Once you meet Will, Gavin, Ellie, and Will’s horse, Hosannah, you won’t want to stop reading. 

 

Her own family history inspired her to write How the Hangman Lost His Heart.  Her ancestor, Colonel Francis Towneley, or Uncle Frank, was the last man in Britain to be hanged, drawn, and quartered.  Once rescued, his head was passed down for generations of her family until it was finally reunited with his body just after World War II, when it was buried at St. Peter’s Church.  It was Uncle Frank’s colorful legacy that showed her how exciting history could be. 

 

K. M. Grant is currently working on Book One of The Perfect Fire Trilogy.  Blue Flame has a November 7, 2008 release date.