Petra Rautiainen was born in 1988 in a small town in Eastern Finland. Petra has travelled around the world, studied in the UK and worked in Canada, New Zealand and Scotland. Since childhood, she has been inspired by the barren nature of the Arctic areas, and hiking is her greatest passion. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on representations of the Sámi people in the Finnish media. Land of Snow and Ashes is her debut novel.