Abigail Tarttelin, a resident of Hackney, enjoys karaoke, Netflix, tea, learning languages, women-fronted rock bands, and kickarse female characters. She began as an actress, training with the National Youth Theatre and the New York Film Academy school in France. Her writing career began with Flick. Her second novel Golden Boy, published in 7 languages to date, was a recipient of a 2014 American Library Association ALEX award for stories with special importance for teen readers, as well as a finalist for the Best Debut LGBT Fiction LAMBDA Award in the same year. She was also listed as one of the Evening Standard's '25 people under 25', and was a judge at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards. Dead Girls is her third novel.