R. J. (Rebecca) Anderson isn't pretending she's not female, she just thinks initials look writerly. The daughter of a Bible teacher who read Tolkien and Lewis aloud to his children, she grew up daydreaming about Narnia and Middle-Earth, watching DOCTOR WHO from behind the sofa, and hanging out in her brothers' comic book shop. Now she writes novels about knife-wielding faeries, weird science, and the numinous in the modern world.
Her debut novel KNIFE, the story of a fierce young faery who fights to save her dying people, was longlisted for the Carnegie Award in 2009 and became a UK bestseller; it was followed by two sequels, REBEL (2010) and ARROW (2011), and a companion series about the piskeys of Cornwall (SWIFT and NOMAD). Her teen thriller ULTRAVIOLET (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Andre Norton (Nebula) award, and was followed by a companion novel, QUICKSILVER (2013). Her newest book is the magical mystery-adventure A POCKET FULL OF MURDER (Orchard Books, Jan. 2016).