A town with strong Scottish roots, Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. She graduated with degrees in languages and music from the University of Otago, and has had a varied career that includes teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies. Juliet now lives in Perth, Western Australia, a hundred-year-old cottage near the river where she writes full-time. She is a member of the OBOD Druid Order. Juliet is active in the animal rescue field and shares her home with a tiny pack of waifs and strays. She is the author of the novels Blackthorn & Grim, and the series Sevenwaters. Her historical fantasy novels and short stories are internationally published and have won several awards.