Ria Loader has led a diverse and fantastical magical life on both sides of the Pacific Ocean – Sydney and Seattle. As a kid, she explored the Australian Bush, rambled along the sea-shore picking up sticks and colorful stones, and survived the usual amount of deadly Australian animals, snakes and spiders along the way. She traveled to Seattle for the most important reason – Love – and found her family of the heart in Seattle.
Ria writes fantasy novels and contributes heavily to nonfiction about magic, divination, and pagan practices. She has worked for a major art exhibition, has managed a circus, teaches meditation and communication, and holds down a full-time job as a web interaction designer at Microsoft. She writes and illustrates her own stories for children and adults about Australian animals who live in a mythical place called Billabong Flats, where everyone who is strange and different gets along and has wonderful adventures.