Frances Macken (December 14 1982 – ) completed a BA in Film and Television Production at the National Film School, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in 2005. She has since worked in the advertising, PR and non-profit sectors. She has written several short stories and been shortlisted twice in national short story competitions run by RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, and Penguin Ireland. Her ambition is to write eight fiction novels and she is undertaking a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford at the current time. She has published a novella, a paranormal thriller entitled The Diary of Natalya Zlota, presently available on Amazon. Her writing is creepy, humorous and experimental and can be likened to the ‘magical realism’ genre.