One of the founders of the Clarion South workshop and a graduate of the original Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop at Michigan State University, Grace Dugan grew up in Warwick, Queensland and was educated at the School of Total Education. She later graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003 with a BA in political science and in 2011 with Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery.
Dugan's short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Interzone, Strange Horizons, Eidolon and Agog! Smashing Stories (2004). Her first novel, The Silver Road was published by Penguin Australia in 2006. Her career has seen her teach English language at Griffith University and creative writing at Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Writers Centre. She has also been a member of the Vision Writers group.
Dugan currently works as a resident medical officer in Nelson, New Zealand.
'In the peasant village of Obrel, Zuven, a young foundling, wants nothing more than to devote her life to religious service. But there's a mystery to Zuven's past. Something that others have taken great lengths to keep from her . . .
'Far from Obrel, the noblewoman Yelela defies her family by training to become a soldier. She enrols in a military school in the capital, and there uncovers the Righteous Arrow, a secret society plotting to overthrow the king.
'Haga, champion swordsman and the son of a powerful baron, has dedicated his life to the Righteous Arrow's cause. But when Zuven runs away, he despairs of ever seeing the plans fulfilled.
'As their Journeys diverge and intertwine, as battles are fought and corruptions are exposed, each will learn that destiny is a compelling force . . . but not even destiny can overcome the individual.'