Ruthanna Emrys is the author of A Half-Built Garden, Winter Tide, and Deep Roots, and co-blogger on's Reading the Weird column. She also writes radically hopeful short stories about religion and aliens and psycholinguistics. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. There she creates real versions of imaginary foods, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.