Erica Wagner is an author and journalist. Born in New York, she now lives in London. She is author of a number of books: Gravity, a collection of short stories; Ariel’s Gift, a book about Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letter and a novel, Seizure. She is Eccles British Library Writer in Residence for 2014 and is working on a new book: The Chief Engineer, A Biography of Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge, which will be published in the US and the UK by Bloomsbury. She was for many years Literary Editor of The Times and writes for the Economist, Financial Times and New York Times, among other publications. She has been a judge for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Forward Prize and the Paris Literary Prize.