Erika de Vasconcelos was born in Montreal in 1965. She was recently a finalist in the CBC/Saturday Night short story contest and her writing has been awarded substantial grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She decided it was time to start writing seriously after she attended a high school reunion and everyone asked her "What have you written?". Erika de Vasconcelos lives in Toronto with her two daughters. My Darling Dead Ones is her first novel.