Rachel Knightley is a freelance writer and teacher. Her background in theatre, mainly as actor and director, includes plays commissioned and performed by the National Trust, Endpaper and HENs Theatre Company. It also provides much of the inspiration for the novel she is completing this year. Rachel had two prize-winning short stories published before beginning her PhD in Creative Writing. She began writing editorial reports for Transworld Publishers and worked as a copywriter and subeditor for Telegraph Media Group and HarveyNichols.com before making the break to full-time freelancer in 2007. She reviews film and theatre and teaches Creative Writing, Speech and Drama.