Liz Williams is the daughter of a conjuror and a Gothic novelist, and currently lives in Brighton, England. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from Cambridge, and her anti-career ranges from reading tarot cards on Brighton pier to teaching in Central Asia. She currently writes full time. Her novel The Ghost Sister was published by Bantam in July 2001. Further novels include Empire of Bones, The Poison Master, Nine Layers of Sky, and Banner of Souls (due fall 2004), now out in the USA with Bantam and the UK with Tor Macmillan.