Born and raised on a small farm outside of Conway, South Carolina, Sheri Reynolds started writing as a teenager and won just about every award in her high school. She attended Davidson College as an English major and went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was a student of Lee Smith. Sheri Reynolds lives in Richmond, Virginia and is a visiting assistant professor of English and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Bitteroot Landing was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. The Rapture of Canaan was published in 1996 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.