Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he "considered himself an author too." He was ten. Since then, Colin has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he is now channeling those ideas into novels.
As a kid, Carson Ellis loved exploring the woods, drawing, and nursing wounded animals back to health. As an adult, little has changed—except she is now the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket'sThe Composer Is Dead,Dillweed's Revengeby Florence Parry Heide, andThe Mysterious Benedict Societyby Trenton Lee Stewart.
Colin and Carson live with their sons, Hank and Milo, in Oregon.