Born in 1979 in Popayán, Colombia, in 2004 he published his first book, Los mártires, a collection of fictional works about writers. In 2007 he published El naufragio del Imperio, and in 2010 ¡Calcio!, which won him the Espartaco Historical Novel Prize at Gijon’s Semana Negra. In May 2014, El hombre que no fue Jueves was released, and subsequently it won the Biblioteca Prize for Colombian Fiction. His last book, published in 2019, is Álvaro: Su vida y su siglo.
He writes for El Tiempo newspaper and has three daughters.