Octavia Randolph has long been fascinated with the development, dominance, and decline of the Anglo-Saxon peoples. The path of her research has included disciplines as varied as the study of Anglo-Saxon and Norse runes, and learning to spin with a drop spindle. Her interests have led to extensive on-site research in England, Denmark, Sweden, and Gotland. In addition to the Circle Saga, she is the author of the novella The Tale of Melkorka, taken from the Icelandic Sagas, and the novella Ride, a retelling of the story of Lady Godiva, first published in Narrative Magazine. She has been awarded Artistic Fellowships at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Faroe, Gotland; MacDowell Colony; Ledig House International; and Byrdcliffe.