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Short form – 94 words
Jessica Rydill writes fantasy and collects Asian Ball Jointed Dolls, or BJD. At an average height of twenty inches tall, they can unnerve visitors. Many of the dolls are based on characters from her books.
Jessica’s novels embrace fantasy with medieval warlords, and Victorian adventure with lightning-wielding shamans. A host of underworlds and other dimensions are only a short step away.
Jessica’s first three books are being reissued by Kristell Ink Publishing, together with a fourth, Winterbloom.
Visit Jessica’s web-site at to learn more about Mir, the shamanworld.

Long form – 230 words
Jessica Rydill is a British fantasy author from the West Country. She was born in 1959. She studied at King’s College, Cambridge and the College of Law, working as a solicitor for 13 years. Her travels have provided some of the inspiration for her writing. She was a founder member of the Write Fantastic writers’ group.
Her short story My Brother Jonathan was short-listed for the Ian St James Award in 1999 and she appears in The New Writer magazine Roll of Honour.
Her first novel, Children of the Shaman, was published by Orbit in 2001, and short-listed for Locus magazine best first novel in 2002. A sequel, The Glass Mountain, appeared in October 2002. A short story, The Anniversary, was published in 2010 in an anthology from NewCon Press to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Write Fantastic.
Rydill’s third novel, Malarat, was published in eBook format on 1 May 2013, and e-format versions of the first two novels followed in 2014 and 2015. All three books are being reissued by small press Kristell Ink Publishing, together with a fourth, Winterbloom. They feature cover art by award-winning artist Daniele Serra and internal illustrations by Evelinn Enoksen. Children of the Shaman was published on 1st May 2017 through Amazon. A short story, Terra Incognita, appears in the forthcoming Science Fiction anthology Terra Nullius, edited by Ellen Crosháin & Kate Coe and published by Kristell Ink.



My Brother Jonathan short-listed for the Ian St James Award 1999

Children of the Shaman short-listed for Locus Best First Novel of 2001

Children of the Shaman is a finalist in the Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban Fantasy) category of the Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2018


My Brother Jonathan (short story) New Writer Magazine 1999

Children of the Shaman – Orbit 2001




The Glass Mountain – Orbit 2002




Children of the Shaman – Roc Fantasy 2001




Die Eisgöttin Kristallwelt 01 – Blanvalet 2004 (translated by Marianne Schmidt)




Der Glaserne Berg Kristallwelt 02 – Blanvalet 2005 (translated by Marianne Schmidt)




The Anniversary in Anniversaries – NewCon Press 2010




Malarat – 2013




Children of the Shaman – 2014




The Glass Mountain – 2015




Children of the Shaman – Kristell Ink 2017




terranulliusTerra Nullius edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Crosháin: short story Terra Incognita 2018