Bishop was born in America, grew up in East Asia, and now lives in England – the homeland of Tolkien, George MacDonald, Milton, CS Lewis, and many others she admires.

She has studied literature and linguistics, and enjoys reading books of many different types. Her first and keenest love is for speculative fiction, which includes science fiction and fantasy in their near-infinite variety; in particular, she is drawn to works which blur the lines, moving comfortably between both.