Janni Lee Simner first became fascinated with the Icelandic sagas--and with the woman whose uncle said she had the eyes of a thief--during a visit to Iceland. Standing in the rift valley of Thingvellir with a battered copy of "Njal's Saga" in her backpack, she realized the characters she was reading about had walked the same ground. As the wind blew around her, she sat down and wrote the opening scene of "Thief Eyes." Janni lives more than four thousand miles from Iceland in Tucson, Arizona, where the hot, dry desert weather is about as unlike Iceland as one can get and still be on the same planet. She's also the author of four books for younger readers and more than thirty short stories. Janni is currently working on the sequel to her first young adult novel, "Bones of Faerie." To learn more about Janni, visit her Web site at www.simner.com. "From the Hardcover edition."
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