Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the author of the Orphan's Tales series and the forthcoming Palimpsest, as well as The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and four books of poetry, Music of a Proto-Suicide, Apocrypha, The Descent of Inanna, and Oracles. She is the co-author of Invisible Games and has published over two dozen short stories. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award and the Million Writers Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Rhysling and Spectrum Awards, and the World Fantasy Award. She currently lives in Northeastern Ohio with her partner, two dogs, and three cats.
Avery is a Fine Arts student at Indiana University, though she much prefers doodling in her notebooks over taping white balloons to a canvas and calling it art. She likes pretty pictures, pretty men, and sparkly objects - and drawing, of course. The power of Rock is strong with her, at least on the drums. She has a soft spot for Rush.