Hayley grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, in a house so full of books that she learnt to read by accident. She studied classical voice for a year before switching to a degree in English Literature and Italian, and realised she wanted to be a novelist while completing her postgraduate degree in law. Hayley holds an Honours degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and a toy poodle named Darfer. She loves secondhand bookshops, Audrey Hepburn movies, dark fairy tales, and long conversations over coffee.