Marita Smith is a freelance editor and gourmet mushroom grower based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a Ph.B. (Hons) in Science from the Australian National University and considers chemistry a language in its own right. She spent several years as a paleo-biogeochemist, splitting her time between Australia and the Netherlands, before travelling through Europe to work on small farms. The first story she can remember writing involved being able to speak to her donkey Mindy.