Vivian French was first published in 1990, a natural progression after careers in the theatre, in counselling and in storytelling.
Since then, she has established an enviable reputation as a writer of integrity and imagination, a writer illustrators love to work with, and a writer her reader want to meet. Her books - fiction and non-fiction - have been published throughout the world.
Despite a hectic publishing schedule, Vivan lead a very busy life away from her keyboard. During the late 90s, she was a stalwart of a groundbreaking Scottish project, The Readiscovery Book Bus, visting schools throughout mainland and island Scotland where she established a very devoted readership, and was inspired to write even more stories. She teaches at Edinburgh College of Art, and is one of the founders of Picture Hooks, an initiative to support new illustrators. She is proud to have appeared at every Swansea Book Festival, and as a result developed several theatre pieces in conjunction with local schools. In 2004, her play, Hernbledog and the Hopping Clogs was performed to great critical and audience acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2009 her play about two teenage single mums, Baby Baby, toured Scotland, winning four star reviews and ending with a sell-out performance at the Traverse, Edinburgh.
Vivan has appeared at literary festivals throughout the UK. She is a Patron of the Borders Book Festival and was appointed Guest Selector for the 2012 Edinburgh Internation Book Festival.
Vivan has lived mainly in London, Bristol and now Edinburgh.
The fifth in the acclaimed 'Five Kingdoms' series which began with the award-winning The Robe of Skulls.
Beautifully illustrated, mystical tale of fire dragons, snow dragons and a small boy who is caught between the two. Illustrated by Chris Fisher.