Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon in 1974, and currently lives in West Sussex, UK. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction and has been published in places such as The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Unsung Stories' 2084 and This Dreaming Isle, Titan's New Fears 2, and Lonely Planet's Better than Fiction I and II. She has been shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards, the John W Campbell Award, and a James Tiptree Jr award. She also writes a regular non-fiction column for Interzone magazine.
Her stories are unpredictable; they can be terrifying, tender, ferocious and deeply funny. Her novels, sometimes described as weird fiction, include a post-apocalyptic horror tale (The Beauty), a coming of age historical story with a sci-fi element (The Arrival of Missives) and a fantasy noir detective crossover (The Loosening Skin). Her latest novel, Greensmith is forthcoming from Unsung Stories.