Kirsten Reed was born in 1973 in Seattle. She grew up in New Zealand, Germany and various parts of the US before moving to Australia as an adult. She now lives in Maine, and works as a freelance artist and writer. The Ice Age is her first novel. She has worked as a graphic designer, actor, musician (singer-songwriter), novelist, journalist, painter, and teacher. She loves collaborating and experimenting across multiple media, and is never without a project.