Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir was born in Iceland in 1958, studied art history in Paris, and has lectured in history of art at the University of Iceland. She is the author of six novels, a collection of poetry and four plays that have been performed at the National Theatre in Iceland and at the Reykjavik City Theatre. She also writes the lyrics for the Icelandic performance pop band Milkywhale. Her novels have been translated into over 25 languages and among them are The Greenhouse and Butterflies in November. Her novel The Greenhouse was translated into twenty-two languages. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.