About me

Hi, I write YA fantasy stories full of magic and adventure, action and jeopardy, sacrifice and betrayal, deep bonds of friendship, and a light touch of romance. My first series describes a world where humans with exceptional affinities for specific traits, the Affinites, led by a magical elite known as the Asters, protect humans from the ever-present threat from Dark Kings.

The Asters are a diverse group of teenagers, magically and culturally, whose adventures take them to all parts of the world, both above and below ground, filling a gap in the YA fantasy genre that I wanted to read but couldn’t find. The idea for the Asters first came to me on holiday aged 15; building the legend, history, characters and events of the Astersphere in my head and on notes, has consumed most of my spare time ever since. In 2021, I published the Aster Prequel Novella trilogy to the main series. I am currently working on the novels in the multi-book Asters Original Series, with the first expected to release in late Spring.

If you like the sound of my Asters series and want to be the first to hear about reveals related to my books and characters, access extra content, and get a chance to win Aster-related merch, more about me and my writing, and updates on other YA fantasy reads and offers, I’d love it if you’d join my email list. If you do, you will receive a free e-copy of A Queen To Come – just follow the link here to BookFunnel, StoryOrigin, or Mybookcave and sign up. If you already have a copy of A Queen To Come – and thank you so much for your support – please use the email sign up form and claim your free Aster-related bookmark. (In either case, after signing up you will receive a second email from admin@francesellenbooks.com, confirming you are opting in to receive my emails – don’t forget to check your spam folder in case you miss it). Otherwise I look forward to seeing you follow me on social media, currently Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

I am a Dutch-English native. I graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a degree in English Literature and from London Middlesex University with a Master’s in Novel Writing. Next to writing, I train guide dogs for the blind. My dream is to support myself with my writing so I have the time to foster and train more guide dogs on the side. I currently live in Amsterdam with my flatmate.