Sherryl Jordan writes: "All my life I have felt great affinity with deaf people, and have loved sign language. For several years I worked with profoundly deaf children in schools, and spoke with them through signs. Marnie's dealings with Raven -- her difficulties, frustration, despair, joy, and triumph -- are all things I have experienced." Among her books are Winter of Fire, Wolf-Woman, and The Juniper Game. She lives not far from the sea in a little wooden cottage with medieval front doors.