After training at Loughborough College of Art, she worked in graphic design and medical art while writing in her spare time. Her first novel, A Blackbird in Silver (NEL), was published in 1986 and she is also the author of the captivating gothic vampire sequence A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet and The Dark Blood of Poppies (Pan). Her latest novel, Pagan Moon (Signet/Penguin), is an erotically-charged tale of the supernatural with a modern-day setting, revealing the further adventures of Beth, Morgan and Eirian from Dark Cathedral.
And, to commemorate the centenary of the classic novel Dracula, she has written a sequel taking up the story where Bram Stoker left off. It's called Dracula the Undead and will be published by Penguin in October 1997. Freda says she's tried to retain the traditional atmosphere while avoiding the obvious! She is also one-third of the Unholy Trinity, a writers' collective including Cleo Cordell and Storm Constantine, who represent the cutting edge of contemporary dark fantasy.
Freda now lives in Derbyshire, and while writing takes up much of her time, she also enjoys music, art, reading, psychology, mythology, travel and conventions - especially Irish ones!