Virginia Macgregor was brought up in Germany, France and England by a mother who never stopped telling stories. From the moment she was old enough to hold a pen, Virginia set about writing her own, often late into the night – or behind her Maths textbook at school. Virginia (née Woods) was named after two great women, Virginia Wade and Virginia Woolf, in the hope she would be a writer and a tennis star. Her early years were those of a scribbling, rain-loving child who prayed for lightning to strike her tennis coach.
After studying at Oxford, Virginia started writing regularly whilst working as an English Teacher and Housemistress. She currently teaches English at Wellington College and runs the Creative Writing Society.
Virginia’s debut novel What Milo Saw (Little, Brown, 2014) was published to great acclaim and has so far been translated into 12 languages. Her second novel, The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells, was published in January 2016, and her third, Before I Was Yours, in January 2017. Her debut for YA readers, Wishbones, will be published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, in spring 2017.
Virginia lives in Shinfield, Berkshire with her husband, Hugh. She loves her desk and spends long days writing, inspired by her two cats, Viola (the companion) and Sebastian (the oft-injured adventurer). Along with her husband, they are the first to hear her stories.