Bio: Jessica Rydill was born in Bath in November 1959. She attended Bath High School and St Paul's Girls' School, where she enjoyed subjects like Latin, but not so much Hockey and Netball. Jessica read English at King's College Cambridge in 1979, at the time when there were debates about politics, semiotics and feminism. After graduation, she moved to London and trained as a solicitor. Though she did her articles with a firm in Chancery Lane, after qualifying she mostly worked as a locum with various London Boroughs. She became a specialist in Housing Disrepair and frequently appeared in front of the Judge in the Lambeth County Court while he expatiated on various subjects ranging from mould growth to sausages. In 1998, Jessica returned to the family home in Bath, where she lived until 2010. She was first published by Orbit in 2001 when Children of the Shaman came out in paperback; The Glass Mountain followed in 2002. Both books were translated into German, as Die Eisgoettin and Der Glaserne Berg. In addition, Roc, a division of Penguin Puttnam, published Children of the Shaman in the USA. A short story, The Anniversary, was published by NewCon Press in The Write Fantastic anthology, Anniversaries, in 2010. In 2013, Jessica self-published the sequel, Malarat. She is working on the fourth book in the series, Winterbloom. Jessica is married to Stephen Saunders, a writer and designer. She continues to live near Bath, and collects Asian Ball Jointed Dolls. Like these.