Angela was born in Inverness and grew up in Dingwall by the Cromarty Firth. She has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow and an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College. She is the author of three volumes of poetry (published by Templar Poetry and Salt Publishing) and one science-fiction novel, Sequela, which she self-published under the name “Cleland Smith”. Sequela went on to be awarded a Kirkus star and was named to the Kirkus Best Books of 2013. It was also listed in the BlueInk Review’s article “Ten must-read self-published science fiction novels”. She is mother to two young boys and an ageing cat called Loki, and currently lives in Surrey.