Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women's self-defense, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the US. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be "in the National Interest" for her to live and work in this country. This didn't thrill the more conservative power-brokers, and she ended up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the country's declining moral standards.
In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing. Her novels are Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place, (1998), Stay (2002), Always (2007), and Hild (2013). She is the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original short fiction published by Overlook. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of print and web journals, including Nature, New Scientist, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her awards include the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Washington State Book Award, Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times)--most recently for her multi-media memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life.
Nicola is now a dual UK/US citizen, married to writer Kelley Eskridge--with whom she co-founded Sterling Editing--and living in Seattle, where she occasionally emerges from the seventh century to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.
You can find her on her website, on her blog, or on Twitter @nicolaz.