María Dueñas (Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1964) is a Doctor of English Philology. After two decades in academia, she made a spectacular entrance into the world of literature in 2009 with The Seamstress, the novel that became a publishing phenomenon and whose television adaptation by Antena 3 won numerous awards and was a great success among audiences. Her later works, Misión Olvido (2012), La Templanza (2015) and Las hijas del Capitán (2018) have continued to captivate readers and critics alike. Translated into more than thirty-five languages and with millions of copies sold around the world, María Dueñas has become one of the most highly considered authors in the Spanish-speaking world. Sira (2021) is her fifth novel.