Best-known for his best-selling novel The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a Catalan author who writes in Spanish and began his career writing children's literature.
He was born in Barcelona on September 25th 1964 but has lived in Los Angeles since 1993, where he initially made a living writing scripts until his career as a writer of children's fiction took off.
His first novel for adults La Sombra del Viento was published in 2002 and was an international best-seller, selling over 5 million copies worldwide and obtaining massive critical acclaim.
It was translated into English as The Shadow of the Wind and has been translated into more than 36 languages, including Catalan.
Ruiz Zafón's writing style is very elaborate and as a reader, what strikes you is his ability to conjure up strong images and paint memorable visual scenes.
Influences on Ruiz Zafón's work have included 19th century classics, crime fiction, noir authors and contemporary writers and he admits the importance of his time as a screenwriter in developing his visual style.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón has published a number of novels in the last 15 years but none have been quite as successful as The Shadow of the Wind.
El Príncipe de la Niebla (1993), republished as The Prince of Mist (2010)
El palacio de la medianoche (1994), republished as The Midnight Palace (2011)
Las luces de septiembre (1995), republished as The Watcher in the Shadows (2013)
Marina (1999), republished as Marina (2013)
El cementerio de los libros olvidados series (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)
La sombra del viento, 2001 (The Shadow of the Wind)
El juego del angel, 2008 (The Angel's Game)
El prisionero del cielo, 2011 (The Prisoner of Heaven)
El laberinto de los espíritus, 2016 (The Labyrinth of Spirits)
Rosa de fuego, 2012 (The Rose of Fire)
Two-Minute Apocalypse, (2015)