Alaya Dawn Johnson lives, writes, cooks and (perhaps most importantly) eats in New York City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and has lived and traveled extensively in Japan. You can find her short stories in recent anthologies Zombies vs. Unicorns and Welcome to Bordertown as well as in Strange Horizons and Fantasy Magazine. She is the author of The Spirit Binders series as well as the Zephyr Hollis series.