Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of “Nurk,” “Digger,” and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint (although not before getting a degree in anthropology.) Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award, received the Junior Library Guild Premier Selection and Ursa Major awards, as well as a number of Webcomics Choice Awards, and a mention in the New York Times, which she did not get tattooed to her forehead, despite her mother’s insistence.

Her webcomic “Digger” won the Hugo Award in 2012 for Best Graphic Story and the Mythopoeic Award in 2013. Her story “Jackalope Wives” won the Nebula for Best Short Story in 2015, and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

Ursula grew up in Oregon and Arizona, went to college at Macalester College in Minnesota, and stayed there for ten years, until she finally learned to drive in deep snow and was obligated to leave the state.

In addition to writing and making art, Ms. Vernon gardens, feeds the birds, and has an unhealthy obsession with mulch.

Her current project is the “Dragonbreath” series of books for kids.

Having moved across the country several times, she eventually settled in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she works full-time as an artist and creator of oddities. She lives with her husband, a beagle and a small collection of cats.