Rosa Montero was born in Madrid. She studied Journalism and Psychology and is the author of the novels Crónica del desamor (1979), La función Delta (1981), Te trataré como a una reina (Seix Barral, 1983), Amado amo (1988), Temblor (Seix Barral, 1990), Bella y oscura (Seix Barral, 1993), La hija del caníbal (1997, Primavera Prize), El corazón del Tártaro (2001), La loca de la casa (2003, Qué Leer and Grinzane Cavour awards), Historia del Rey Transparente (2005, Qué Leer Award), Instrucciones para salvar el mundo (2008), Tears in Rain (2011 and 2015) and La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (2013). She is also the author of the book of short stories Amantes y enemigos (1998), of several works of journalism, and of the children's books El nido de los sueños (1991) and the Bárbara series. Her journalistic career has been recognized with the National Journalism Award, the Rodríguez Santamaría Prize and the El Mundo Journalism Award, among others. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and she contributes to El País newspaper. In November 2017 she was given the National Literature Prize in recognition of her work in fiction, essay and journalism.