EILIDH MCGINNESS has always loved fairy-tales, history and other world fantasies. She is never happier than when reading a good book. Writing is a passion which she finds time for by studiously avoiding ironing and a whole manner of other household chores. Eilidh has four children. The elder two have now fled the nest and the younger two live with her in South-West France. Eilidh was born in Scotland and although now based in France during the school term spends as much time as she can in Scotland and travelling.