Marta Rivera de la Cruz has a degree in Communications, and was awarded the Ateneo Joven de Sevilla Award for Novel 1998 with her first novel Que veinte años no es nada (Age Twenty is Nothing) which was greatly acclaimed by the critics. Following this she has published Linus Daff, Inventor de historias (Linus Daff, Story Inventor), Las noches más hermosas (The most Beautiful Nights) and the essay Tristezas de amor (Love’s Sadness). She was finalist of the 2006 Planeta Novel Award with En tiempo de prodigios (In the Time of Prodigies). In 2008 she was awarded the Anaya Award for Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature with La primera tarde después de Navidad (The First Afternoon after Christmas). Among her latest works we can find the novel La importancia de las cosas (The Importance of Things), the crossover novel Sombras (Shadows), and two books for Children: Mujeres admirables, Ellas hicieron historia (Admirable women, Who made History) and Mi primer libro sobre Ellas (My first book about Them). La vida después (Life After), La boda de Kate (Kate's Wedding), and Nosotros, los de entonces (Us from back then), are her most recent novels.