Eleanor Porter lives and writes on the slopes of the Malvern Hills and teaches at the Open University. Her first novel, The Wheelwright’s Daughter (Boldwood) is set in rural Herefordshire during the reign of Elizabeth I. The book was inspired by a landslip still locally known as The Wonder, and begins the story of Martha Dynely, a spirited and outspoken young woman who longs to escape her constricted village life. When the ridge above them crumples, the frightened people seek a scapegoat. Who better than a witch? Ellie is working on a sequel called Sermons in Stones.