Meg Clothier studied Classics at Cambridge, spent a year sailing a yacht from England to Alaska, then - after a few false starts - became a journalist. Her last job was working for Reuters in their Moscow bureau before coming back to London to study for a masters degree in post-soviet politics. She first read about Tamar while writing a paper on Georgia and decided not to get another proper job but to write a novel instead. She has visited Georgia several times, most recently on honeymoon. She likes mountains, boats, learning languages and adventure stories.