Alice McVeigh was born in South Korea, of American diplomatic parents, and lived in Southeast Asia until she was 13, when the family returned to Washington D.C. She then fell in love with the cello. After achieving a B.Mus. with distinction at the internationally acclaimed Jacobs School of Music, she came to London to study with Jacqueline du Pré and William Pleeth.
Since then, she has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
Her first two contemporary novels – While the Music Lasts and Ghost Music – were published by Orion Publishing/Hachette, and her first play (Beating Time) had a run at the Lewisham Theatre. (The film rights to her first book were also sold, to Channel 4.) As well as performing, Alice has ghosted or edited over 200 books. She has also scribbled a witty guide to the orchestral profession: All Risks Musical, cartoons by Noel Ford.
Her speculative, Kirkus-starred, novel (Last Star Standing) was published by Unbound Publishing under her pen name, Spaulding Taylor, on February 18, 2021. Her newest novel (Susan, a Jane Austen Prequel) will be published in June.
Alice is married to Professor Simon McVeigh and lives in London.
Last Star Standing
Science Fiction, Action Adventure, Speculative, Dystopian
Earth, 2094 – and the ambitious, volatile Aiden is part of the underground resistance against the alien Xirfell's takeover. His ambition riles the rebel leadership, and he triumphs in freeing ‘the Creature’, only to be confronted by betrayal after betrayal, some going back years.
Gifted with a crucial mission, he and his two friends are targeted by a turncoat, boarded mid-space, neurologically attacked, confronted with treason – only to be disbelieved. There’s a crisis of identity, an uprising and two plot twists, but by the end of the book Aiden has become the leader he always longed to be.
Susan, a Jane Austen Prequel
Historical Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Historical Romance
Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson – clever but capricious – has just been expelled from her London school. Her guardian sends her into the country for "safety". However, after two proposals, a death, an unexpected bequest and a still more unexpected elopement, Susan finds herself in more trouble than ever...