The winner of two World Fantasy Awards, The Crawford Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, Mary Rickert has published numerous short stories and two collections: Map of Dreams and Holiday. Her first novel, The Memory Garden, was published by Sourcebooks in 2014. Her Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award finalist novella, The Mothers of Voorhisville, was published online at Tor.com. A new collection, You Have Never Been Here, is due to be published by Small Beer Press in November, 2015.

Before earning her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Rickert worked as a kindergarten teacher, coffee shop barista, balloon vendor at Disneyland, and in the personnel department of Sequoia National Park where her time off was spent "bagging" peaks (mountain climbing lingo) and learning the art of solitude. She now lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a small city of candy shops and beautiful gardens.

There are, of course, mysterious gaps in this account of her life and that is where the truly interesting stuff happened