Sherryl Jordan was born in New Zealand in 1949, and at the age of four created her first book. Her early years were rich with imagined worlds—with reading books, writing stories, and with drawing pictures. But although as an adult she wrote over 30 picture book stories and 12 novels, for many years her written work remained unpublished. She became an illustrator, though all the time hoped that one day she would illustrate her own stories. In 1988 she began what she decided would be her final attempt at writing a publishable novel, and created Rocco, published in the US under the title A Time of Darkness. This 13th novel became her first published book, and won a major award in New Zealand.
Since then Sherryl has written many novels for young adults, most of which have been published world-wide. For many years she traveled to all parts of New Zealand to speak at schools about her work, and has spoken at many seminars and conferences, and given numerous workshops on the writing craft. In 1993 she was awarded a writing fellowship in the US, and took part in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In 2001 she was given the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand's Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award, for making a significant contribution to children's literature, publishing and literacy.
Sherryl lives in Tauranga, New Zealand, in a little silver-timbered cottage not far from the sea. She has one daughter, Kym, and two grandchildren, Kael and Bethany. Kym is one of Sherryl's best critics, and often reads manuscripts before they are sent away to the publisher; Kael and Bethany help keep alive Sherryl's sense of wonder in the world, and are among her chief joys. Although Sherryl writes fantasy, her books come also from her own life—from her struggles with change and fear, from times of grief and joy and triumph.