Eowyn Ivey (born 1973) was raised in
Alaska Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of
the Rings. She received her BA in journalism and minor in creative writing through
the honors program at Western Washington University, studied creative
nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and
worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning reporter at the
Frontiersman newspaper. Ivey lives in Alaska with her husband and two daughters. She works at the independent bookstore Fireside Books where
she plays matchmaker between readers and books. Snow Child is her first novel.