Alana Bolton Cooke worked as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand and England. After marrying she went to live in Christchurch New Zealand. Here she went to the University of Canterbury as a mature student and majored in English, completing BA Hons in English Literature and MA in English Literature. Her thesis was about Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve. She completed a Master of Creative Writing at AUT, writing a novel about the War of the Spanish Succession  (the Battle of Blenheim and the Duke of Marlborough), called The Sword and the Sun


Alana has published articles for a newspaper and magazine, and a short story for the Listener. For the last two years she has beenparticipating in a critique group at AUT. A Splendid Sin is her debut novel.