Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she
earned her beer money teaching women's self-defense, fronting
a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing
and moving to the US. Her immigration case was a fight and
ended up making new law: the State Department declared it
to be "in the National Interest" for her to live and work
in this country. This didn't thrill the more conservative
powerbrokers, and she ended up on the front page of the Wall
Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the
country's declining moral standards.
In 1993 a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing. Her novels are Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place, (1998), Stay (2002), and Always (2007). She is the co-editor of the BENDING THE LANDSCAPE series of original short fiction published by Overlook. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in an assortment of academic texts and a variety of print and web journals, including Nature, New Scientist, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her awards include the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times)--most recently for her multi-media memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life. Her forthcoming novel, Hild, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2013.
Nicola lives with her partner, writer Kelley Eskridge, in Seattle--where she co-owns Sterling Editing and takes enormous delight in everything.
You can talk to me using a variety of social media:
Ask Nicola, my blog
Gemaecca, my research blog
For a long, long list of things I like--wine, beer, the great outdoors--go to A List of Things I Like.
And if you really, really want to know more, go buy the memoir.
BBC Radio 4, 2011 (Audio)
Catwomen of the Moon
Sex and sexuality in science fiction
Cobalt Review, 2011
Location, location, location
Why setting is character
Outer Alliance, 2009
On being a lesbian writer
The Beat, 2007 (Audio)
Self-defense isn't just a skill, it's a worldview...
Ambling Along the Aqueduct, 2007
It appalls me, too, when I stop to think about it...
To the Best of Our Knowledge, 2007 (Audio)
Nicola Griffith wanted to fight back. A lesbian activist well-versed in the martial arts, Griffith knew she had the moves.
Pinky's Paperhaus, 2007 (Audio)
Where is it shelved?
A podcast interview with Carolyn Kellogg about genre, art, and changing the world.
So why don't more people read about Aud? Girl cooties...
Strange Horizons, 2003
Interview: Nicola Griffith
Rage. That's how it began. I was so angry I was afraid to leave the house.
IndieBound Interview, 2002
Very Interesting People
Talking about focus, vulnerability, loss, and growing up, as it applies to Stay
A. Talese, 2002
A conversation about Stay
Interview with Nicola
Not For Hire,
one of my favourite activities was to dress up in a violently turquoise velvet dress
Interview with Nicola Griffith
by Ruud van de Kruisweg
Reality Break, 1992 (Transcript)
A Talk Show of Fantastic