R.J. Vickers has been writing since the age of 7, when she penned a story about her cat, Shadow, getting lost in an ice cave in Alaska. A year later she wrote about two unicorns who went questing through a cave, and shortly after that, about a girl who got transported into a magical realm through--you guessed it!--a cave.
Even the third book in her Natural Order series (Lost Magic) pays a visit to a rather famous cave.
Maybe it was her secret obsession with caves which led her to New Zealand, the land of hobbit-holes and glowworm caves. But the country comes with more than one benefit! When she's not exploring caves (literally or literature-ly), she loves crocheting, baking, packrafting, and hiking with her husband.
In fact, the beauty of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park inspired the setting for her first epic fantasy novel, The Fall of Lostport.
And there will be many more epic fantasies to come. R.J. Vickers is currently hard at work on the next two books in the Kinship Thrones world: Hunter's Legend and The Marshland Prophecy, both due out in 2018.