Kahina Necaise

Kahina is a content editor with The History Quill. Her love of historical fiction grew on a steady childhood diet of American Girl, Dear America, multicultural folk tales, WWII dramas, and any books she could get her hands on about ancient queens and princesses.

Now, trained in book publishing at NYU and Oxford Brookes University, she has honed her writing and editing skills while living on three different continents. Originally from the USA but now based in the UK, she enjoys work that indulges two of her deepest passions: story structure and history. She has completed professional courses in editing and is an experienced content editor and line editor. Kahina is also the executive editor of our sister brand, Fabled Planet.

When not editing, she can usually be found writing her own fantasy fiction with ancient-history-inspired settings, reading fiction and non-fiction, or going on walks while daydreaming about one of these things.

Kahina has a particular interest in the Ancient Near East (Mesopotamia and Egypt), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the Ottoman Empire.

If Kahina were stranded on a desert island, the two historical novels she would want with her are Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and And I Darken by Kiersten White.

Historical fiction subgenre specialisms

Fantasy/alternate history
Young adult


Historical period specialisms

Prehistory (pre-3000 BCE)
Ancient (3000 BCE–500 CE)
Medieval (500–1450)


“I could never have got where I am without Kahina’s insightful and encouraging critiques. They have been invaluable in helping me to recognise my strengths as a writer, work on the areas that need improvement, and produce stories that I am proud of. I have never come across an editor who so intuitively understands the story I want to tell and invests so much to ensure the outcome is the absolute best it can be.”

Paula Constant