Renate Ahrens, born in Herford, Germany, in 1955, studied English and French literature. She worked as a teacher for a few years, before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. She writes novels, children’s books and stage plays. After having lived in France, South Africa, Italy and Ireland, she and her husband are now based in Hamburg. Renate Ahrens is a member of the P.E.N. Centre of German-Speaking Writers Abroad.