Raised in tranquil Stockholm, Ingrid Rudefors always dreamt of the big city. Immediately after finishing high school, she packed her bags and left for New York.

From 1977 to 1993, she lived in the then-quite-derelict East Village, frequenting the downtown club scene.  This period provided inspiration for the characters, locations and situations in this novel.

Rudefors has also written and directed several award-winning short films, among them the 1990s cult-short A Woman’s Point Of View During Sex.  She has written three feature length screenplays with support from the Swedish Film Institute and has worked for twenty years in the film industry in New York and Stockholm, serving for eight years as the Film Commissioner of Stockholm.

She moved back to Stockholm to raise her daughter in 1993, but is now back in New York and lives with her husband on the Lower East Side–within walking distance from the Chinatown of this novel.