Sam Mills studied English at Oxford University. She has written 3 YA/crossover novels, published by Faber & Faber, including A Nicer Way to Die and The Boys Who Saved the World, which is currently being turned into a film. Sam's 3rd YA novel, Blackout did well on the prizes front: it was longlisted for the Carnegie, won the Stockport Schools Award, came 2nd in the Lancashire Book of the Year Awards, and was also shortlisted for the RED award and the Manchester Book of the Year. She has spoken at numerous literary festivals, including Cheltenham, Bath and Latitude, and she has been a judge for the Luke Bitmead Memorial Prize for the last few years. The Quiddity of Will Self, her first novel for adults, was published in 2012 and enjoyed some good reviews from 'an ingenious, energetic read' (The Sunday Times) 'to an extraordinary feat of the imagination' (Alexander Heminsley, Radio 2). Sam is also the founder, editor and co-director of indie press Dodo Ink. She lives in Manchester.

Will Self's response to The Quiddity of Will Self (a FAQ!) is explored in an essay that Sam wrote for The Weeklings, entitled Art & Life & Lunch with Will Self.