Carla Guelfenbein was born in Santiago, Chile. She studied biology at Essex University in the UK specializing in population genetics and she studied graphic design at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Back in Chile she worked with the advertising agency BBDO. She has also been director and fashion editor at ELLE magazine. Now she is a full-time writer, creative writing teacher, and conference leader. She is the author of seven novels such as In the distance with you, which won the prestigious Alfaguara prize. Her work has been translated into 16 languages.