Kinga Wyrzykowska was born in 1977 in Warsaw, in Poland. A few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, she moved with her parents to the Paris region, whereupon she learned to write, count and dream in French. After studying French, acting, training door-to-door salespeople, interviewer, dramatist and documentary she had a variety of different occupations: translating, teaching, selling shoes, maker. And all the time, in the secrecy of her computer, she was storing up Word files full of anecdotes, ideas for stories and outlines for short stories. It was one of those, about Tomek and his dead brother, that inspired her to write her first novel, Memor, le monde d’après.