“Do you believe in Faeries? I do, I have held one in the palm of my hand. It’s funny, but people go their whole lives not noticing other worlds existing within our own but when they become real, life is never the same again. Faeries are not just winged pretty things you see in picture books, all magical beings and creatures are considered part of the Faerie world and they exist everywhere. They are wild, complicated and dark, but I must warn you, once you have seen them, they notice you too...” - Rose Montgomery-Diaz
Rose Montgomery - Diaz is not exactly a conventional girl. To begin with, she lives in a converted Victorian theatre. She likes to wear costume pieces salvaged from wax dummies that could be found under the Theatre stage, and she knows Faeries exist. The day Rose saves a tiny mermaid her life is changed forever. Not only does she discover that faeries and mythical creatures do exist, but that very same night her parents disappear. Left under the guardianship of her unconventional grandfather, Rose is sent to boarding school. Five years later Rose returns to the town where it all began to start afresh at a local school. Within days of her return, the faeries begin to gather around Rose and along with her new friends, Thomas Parish and Owen Finch, she sets out on an adventure to free Kallan, a faerie King of the Unseelie court, and to repair the delicate weave of the faerie world. As one mystery unravels, other secrets come to light. Convinced that there is some sort of link between her parent’s disappearance and the unveiling of the mythical world, Rose becomes obsessed with helping Kallan in the hope of uncovering the truth; but this alliance just might change her in ways she never thought possible. Book 1 is available as an ebook through Amazon and Book 2 is ready for publication email me for a copy.
Born in Buenos Aires, Natalia La Fey moved to Australia as a child and was first published at the age of six with the book, Our World, by the Kids of Australia in association with McPhee Gribble, in which her full page illustration and musings about a land of frogs was featured. A natural artist and writer, she was drawn to art college, where she studied narrative based art, including illustration, animation and film. Upon completion of her studies she began an animation career in stop motion on a cinematic advertisement (Doppleganger) and worked at Flying Gherkin International studios in Sydney, Australia. Natalia then worked in 2D animation at companies such as Fudge Puppy, Fwak and Sixty40. Her love of creating characters and stories continued and she began to dabble in script writing. She eventually produced her first (unpublished) picture book, Just Me. Three more titles followed and, while living in Asia, she wrote her first novel for the series The Rose Diaries. Natalia then moved to London and freelanced as an illustrator. It was here that her work was noticed by literary agents. Wishing to return to the basics of art and further hone and refine her illustration and writing skills, she decided to attend the San Francisco Art Institute´s Post-Baccalaureate Program majoring in painting and film. Natalia currently resides in Malmö, Sweden and is an illustrator for children’s educational software at IXL Learning.