Please email questions to Jessica here
Jessica’s publisher, Grimbold Books, can be found here.
Jessica Rydill is a British fantasy author from Bath. Born in 1959, she studied English at King’s College, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor. She travelled a lot in her twenties. Orbit Books published her first novel, Children of the Shaman, in 2001, and Locus magazine short-listed it for best first novel. Sequel The Glass Mountain appeared in October 2002.
Since 2017, small press Grimbold Books has reissued both books, with sequels Malarat and Winterbloom.
Jessica’s latest book, The Girl from the Sea, came out in 2019, and Tunguska is in preparation.
Jessica lives near Bath with her husband and her crew of Ball-jointed dolls or BJD, which aren’t creepy. Though they can be badly behaved…
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 was 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
The Glass Mountain – Grimbold Books 2019
Terra Nullius edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Crosháin: short story Terra Incognita 2018
Malarat – Grimbold Books 2019
Winterbloom – Grimbold Books 2019
The Girl from the Sea – Midford Books 2019