|Nicola Griffith was born in 1960 to a large Catholic family in Leeds, England. She began writing early (both fiction and poetry) and it was not long before she stumbled across science fiction books like Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Frank Herbert's DUNE. She also read E. E. Smith's Lensman books, a series written in the 1930s and 1940s that influenced a number of science fiction writers. In a September 1996 interview in Locus magazine, Griffith said, "It was very easy for me to read Lensman, because it was all about boys, and there were no women mincing about in skirts and high heels. I just identified with Kimball Kinnison and his gray leathers and his lens, shooting off to right the universe." When she left home to attended university in 1977, she had dreams of studying science but, to quote her, she thought "it sucked" and left after only a couple of months. She moved to Hull, and over the next 10 years lived a hand-to-mouth existence, begging, playing in a rock group, and taking drugs. Seeing that her life was disappearing in front of her, Griffith began to clean up her act, taking a variety of jobs including drug counselor and women's self defense instructor. She had written two novels before the age of 26, neither of which were published, but on the strength of several short stories that she sold to Interzone magazine, Griffith applied to the Clarion Writer's Conference, and was accepted. There she met another hopeful writer, Kelly Eskridge, and the two fell in love, eventually marrying in 1993. Griffith's first novel, AMMONITE, written over the course of a few months, was published to wide acclaim later that year. It won both the 1993 Lambda and Tiptree awards. Her next novel, published two years later, was SLOW RIVER and it won her a second Lambda as well as the 1996 Nebula Award. In 1997, BENDING THE LANDSCAPE: FANTASY, her anthology co-edited with Steve Pagel, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. It was followed by a second volume, titled BENDING THE LANDSCAPE: Science Fiction, which was also extremely well-received. Both collection explored gay and lesbian writing in their respective sub-genres. Meanwhile, Griffith's third novel, THE BLUE PLACE (1998)--a hard-as-nails thriller--became her first non-science fiction novel. As her work continues to explore new territories, it is inevitable that she will gain wider recognition outside the fields of genre fiction for her truly original vision and her uncompromising stance--both among the hallmarks of great writing.