Bianca Claudia Staines is an Anglo-Italian writer based in New Zealand. Born in England, she grew up in the medieval town of Perugia (IT), and moved to New Zealand in 2009. A life-long animal lover and passionate about storytelling, she graduated in Ecology and Animal Behaviour from the University of Auckland, while sneaking into writing classes she most definitely hand't paid for. Her first book, The Tale of Prince, and its sequel The Tale of Tyriii, won the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature, in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Bianca is currently working on the third book in the Taleweavers' Adventures series, as well as a YA novel about the mysterious Etruscan gods whose stories are buried under her beloved Umbrian soil. She shares her life with a fruit bat/black panther cross named Nina.