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.