Nerea Riesco

Nerea Riesco is an author with a degree in journalism. Born in Bilbao, until the age of 18 she lived in Seville, where she studied journalism and currently lives. She is a contributor to the press and directs and presents the radio show Pasen y lean (Come in and read), dedicated to the world of literature, as well as teaching literature workshops.

In 2002 she published her first book of stories, Thief of Souls and two years later, in 2004, she published Country of batterflies, which was translated into Portuguese and Italian and for which she was awarded the IX Premio de Novela Ateneo Joven de Sevilla. Nerea Riesco’s career was consolidated in 2007 with Ars Magica, a blend of historical novel, crime and magic, shortlisted for the 2008 Premio Espartaco, and has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Dutch and Finnish. Her novel The Ivory Elephant – published in 2010 and translated into ten languages – is a story combining love, adventure and intrigue in the evocative setting of Sevilla at the end of the 18th century. In 2014, she published her novel Tempus that raises the question, what if you had all the time in the world and it was not enough?

In 2015, she published her latest novel, The Gates of Paradise, in which the author takes us back to the end of the 15th century, when Christianity launched its relentless campaign to reconquer Granada from the so-called infidels.

An author devoted to the genre of historical novels, she is now exploring other paths such as children’s literature, and is writing her first romantic novel set during the Regency era.