Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, UK. She attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge University where she earned a M.A. in mathematics and a diploma in computer science and met her husband, Andrew Moore. After two years working as a computer consultant, she returned to Cranfield University for a M.Sc. in astronautics and space engineering. In November 1990, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, staying for 3 years before moving to Pittsburgh. Winter Shadows and Other Tales is her first book.