Joanne Burn was born in Northampton in 1973, and grew up in a small town called Wolverton. Living opposite the railway works and next door to a motorbike garage, she longed for a different life – one of wild flowers and brambles, ditches and streams, of rockpools and seaweed, wet shells and tumbled glass. She dreamed of ramshackle cottages in gnarly forests. And haunted stately homes where murders were likely to happen. What could she do, but read? What could she do next, but write?
Joanne now lives in the Peak District where she works as a writing coach. Her first novel, Petals and Stones, was published in 2018. The Hemlock Cure is her second novel.