Karola Renard Karola Renard was born in Germany in 1978 and read archaeology, Scandinavian Studies, literature and history in Bonn and Reykjavik, Iceland. A trained journalist and editor, she worked 5 years for a German history magazine before working and travelling in Africa and India from 2008-2009. Since 2005, she has explored her fascination for myth, history and archetypal storylines through writing fiction. On arrival in her adopted home country England, she discovered her passion for story and storytelling. The Firekeeper’s Daughter is her first anthology of short fiction.