Jessica Rydill


wp_20160603_19_10_33_proI grew up in Bath during the 1960s and 70s, when it looked completely different to the way it does now. It still carried scars from the Baedeker raids in World War II, and many of the houses were stained black from pollution caused by coal fires.

In my 20s, I spent a lot of time travelling. I first visited France in 1980 on a workcamp  restoring the village church of Charols in Drome. This experience formed the kernel of  Children of the Shaman. On this trip I visited La Garde Adhemar and Le Trou du Furet, both of which appear in the book.

Children of the Shaman was first published in 2001 by Orbit Books; The Glass Mountain followed in 2002. Both were translated into German, and published by Blanvalet as Die Eisgoettin and Der Glaserne Berg. Roc, a division of Penguin Puttnam, published Children of the Shaman in the States.

A short story, The Anniversary, appeared  in The Write Fantastic anthology, Anniversaries, in 2010 published by NewCon Press. In 2013, I self-published the third book in the series, Malarat, and reissued the first two books as eBook editions with Amazon and other markets.
My website can be found at Shamansland.com.