Samantha Hunt is the author of five books. The Seas, about a girl who might be a mermaid; The Dark Dark, a collection of short fictions; Mr. Splitfoot, a ghost story; The Invention of Everything Else about inventor Nikola Tesla; and, most recently, The Unwritten Book, a non-fiction investigation into our relationships with the dead. Hunt is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a blue-ribbon winner of the Montgomery Place Apple Pie contest. She was a finalist for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner. Hunt is mother to three and sister to five. She is a gardener, a beekeeper, a wild swimmer, a singer, a walker and a forest enthusiast in Tivoli, New York.