A M Hardy moved to the U.S. from Sweden as a free-roaming tween and has since lived on three different continents and in nine different states. She has worked in sales, horticulture, ecotourism, marketing, and the restaurant industry, and once held a job that required her to chase off bears by banging pots and pans. In the course of her travels, she has gotten lost on a glacier, stirred a bucket of blood with a birch branch at a reindeer roundup, and spent a night sleeping next to a lava lake. Always happiest outside, she frequently gets story ideas while on the trail, leading to much frantic scribbling around the campfire. Her stories are inspired by mythology and the magic of the natural world.