Kheria Boubtane (Tunisia) was born in 1974. She teaches Arabic language and literature at the Higher Institute of Jarjis, in south-eastern Tunisia, where she lives. She is also an associate researcher in cultural anthropology at the Arts College of Manouba, Tunis. She began her literary career writing poetry at school and university. Then in 2011, after a nine-year break in writing, she wrote her first novel Living Dead, which was published in 2013. Since then she has written two further novels, The Infiltrator and The Spider's Room and three poetry collections.