Jess Richards was born in Wales in 1972, and grew up in south west Scotland where she watched the ferry boats going to and from Northern Ireland. She left home at 17, and gained a first class degree from Dartington College of Arts when she was 21. She lived in Brighton for many years, and left in 2013. She lived a transient life in remote parts of Scotland for 2 years, and is now living in New Zealand.
Jess' debut novel, Snake Ropes, was published by Sceptre in 2012.
Snake Ropes was longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize and shortlisted for the Costa first novel award 2012 and the Scottish Book Awards.
Her second novel, Cooking with Bones, was published by Sceptre in April 2013/14.
Her third novel, City of Circles, is due to be published by Sceptre in 2017.