Kirsten Ellis grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She began her writing career aged eighteen on the South China Morning Post, and subsequently lived and worked as a freelance journalist in India, Cyprus and New York. Among her travel writing, her book to Cuba was runner-up for the Travelex/Observer Travel Writer of the Year award. Kirsten has taught creative writing at university level, and also works as an historical consultant.
Star of the Morning is her first biography. Researching this book took her back to Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey from the south of England where she now lives with her family.
She is currently working on her first novel and completing her PhD at Goldsmiths College, London.
‘Star of the Morning’ has been optioned by Bedlam Productions. The Lady Who Went Too Far is currently in development.