Mary Victoria was born in 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts. Despite this she managed to live most of her life in other places, including Cyprus, Canada, Sierra Leone, France, and the UK. After a childhood misspent reading fantasy novels, she went on to study art and film, and worked as an animator for ten years. A job on Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' movies brought her to her adoptive home in New Zealand, and rather neatly back to reading and writing fantasy novels -- a ludicrous activity which she has pursued ever since. She now lives in Wellington with her husband and daughter.