AVA REID was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, but currently lives in Palo Alto, where the weather is too sunny and the people are too friendly.

She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism.

She has worked for a refugee resettlement organization, for a U.S. senator, and, most recently, for an AI robotics startup. The Wolf and the Woodsman is her first novel.