Astrid Nicholls grew up in the French countryside, north of Paris, in a rural village near Gisors. Her love of books developed at a very young age, and she managed to read most of the French great classics by the age of 12. She also always had a very healthy imagination – making up different endings to various movies and TV programmes she had seen. Astrid was introduced to science-fiction when she stumbled on a French copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight as she was looking for something new to read in her school library. Science-fiction and fantasy very quickly became her favourite genres.
Other influences were sci-fi drama The X-Files, anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon, and Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern became the settings to many short stories and even a near-enough full length fan novel. During her ‘lycée’ years – the French equivalent to high school – she started to write original fiction and took part in writing competitions in various genres although science-fiction and fantasy remained her genres of choice. The beginnings of several of her novels can be traced back to these years, including The Creator Saga and the Heavenly Wars series.
Astrid moved to the UK when she got the opportunity to work as an au pair for a year. During this time, she started to write both fanfiction and original short stories in English rather than her native French. She eventually made the move to England permanent after meeting her partner in London and giving birth to their first son. After the birth of her second boy and of her daughter, Astrid and her family moved from Swindon in Wiltshire to the Isle of Wight. She returned to writing as she also worked on her publishing business. Revenge Sworn – the first part of The Legend of Sari – first saw ink to paper in 2016 as Astrid’s first full-length original work.
At the same time, she worked with her daughter on Wings for a Fairy, acting as writer and illustrator on that occasion. Though she took on a few non-fiction projects and moved from working in the publishing industry to the British Civil Service, the family moved to Southampton in Hampshire to be closer to her new work place and to high schools and colleges for the children. She is now working on the second part of The Legend of Sari and on the first few instalments of both The Creator Saga and a new series called The Privateers of Xadras City.