JJA Harwood is an author, editor and blogger. She grew up in Norfolk, read History at the University of Warwick and eventually found her way to London, which is still something of a shock for somebody used to so many fields.
She has been a terrible waitress, lived in Venice for three months and once got briefly abandoned in some Incan ruins. When she is not writing, she can be found learning languages, cooking with more enthusiasm than skill, wandering off into clearly haunted houses and making friends with stray cats.
Eleanor Hartley was in the workhouse once. Taken in by a wealthy family, those days were behind her until her adoptive mother died and she was forced to earn her keep by the cruel, drunk Mr Pembroke. But when a mysterious woman with all-black eyes appears, Eleanor has a chance to be a lady again. All she has to do is sell her soul, in exchange for seven wishes.
But the deal is not what Eleanor thought it would be. No-one else can see the woman or hear her whispered promises, and Eleanor soon realises that for a wish to come true, at least one other person must die. Faced with a choice between a life of poverty and being responsible for multiple deaths, Eleanor is confronted with an even more terrifying possibility: that she is committing the murders herself…
Black Glass is to be published by HarperVoyager in Summer 2020.