Nicola Griffith

Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defence, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in pubs, before discovering writing and moving to the US. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be “in the National Interest” for her to live and work in America.

In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing. Her novels are AmmoniteSlow RiverThe Blue PlaceStayAlways, Hild (her first historical fiction), and So Lucky (forthcoming, May 2018). Her essays and short fiction appear in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of journals, including NatureNew Scientist, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She’s won the Washington State Book Award, the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, the Lambda Literary Award (six times), and others. She holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University.

Nicola, now a dual US/UK citizen, is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. They live in Seattle but get to the UK once or twice a year. You can find her at, @nicolaz, and

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