Mary Victoria was born in 1973 in Turners Falls, Massachusettes. Despite this she managed to live most of her life in other places, including New Zealand, Cyprus, Canada, Sierra Leone, France and the UK. She worked for ten years in the film industry before turning to full time writing. ‘Samiha’s Song’, the second book in her ‘Chronicles of the Tree’ series, recently won the 2012 Sir Julius Vogel award for best fantasy.