Debra Daley is the author of two historical novels, The Revelations of Carey Ravine and Turning the Stones, and The Strange Letter Z, a novel set in Mexico and New Zealand in the 1980s. She has also written short stories and screenplays. Her fiction has been described in the UK as ‘powerfully atmospheric’ (Rowan Pelling, Daily Telegraph) and ‘gripping, tautly plotted and hauntingly beautiful’ (Vanora Bennett, author and former Times correspondent). Daley’s characters are often outsiders challenged with psychological and material survival in hostile worlds. They are typically acutely observed and witty with a satirical edge tempered by a compassionate perspective.
Turning the Stones is a rich and romantic story set in 18th-century England and Ireland. It balances a search for identity with hard economic realities and the mystery of fate. The Revelations of Carey Ravine is a dramatic, dark and suspenseful tale that follows the fortunes of a young woman caught up in the seedy glamour of Georgian London. Daley lives in New Zealand, where she has won awards for fiction.