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Christina Courtenay (Pia Fenton) is half English/half Swedish and grew up in Sweden.  During her teens, she lived in Japan for some years, travelling extensively before returning to Europe to study modern languages.  Now she divides her time between London and Herefordshire.

Christina is an RNA committee member, currently the Vice Chairman and the organiser of the RoNA Rose Award.  She has won two of the RNA’s prizes - the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy in 2001 and the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2006.

Her debut novel, Trade Winds, was short-listed for the Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono won Best Historical Fiction price for the Big Red Read 2011 and her third novel, Highland Storms, won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romantic Novel 2012. As well as her novels, Christina has had four Regency novellas published. 

When she’s not writing, she spends her time tracking down elusive ancestors for her family tree (she’s a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies).

It's a fact

Women are more likely than men to read in the bath, while men are more likely to read in the loo.