Lucy Fleming was born in Boston and spent several years of her childhood in Gaborone, Botswana, where her father was stationed as a physician. Although originally planning to study medicine herself, she discovered that Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf have healing properties of their own. She has climbed the tallest sand dune in Morocco, danced the part of Charlotte Brontë, and circumnavigated the globe with the all-female vocal group Whim ’n Rhythm. Her adopted humpback whale is currently migrating south from the Arctic.

She now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she works for the Santa Fe Institute.