Mona Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1957. Her father was a professor of political science and her mother a speech therapist. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia. She has published four novels, Anywhere But Here (1986), The Lost Father (1992), A Regular Guy (1996) and Off Keck Road (2000), which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award. In 1996 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and she is a winner of the Whiting Prize and the Lila Wallace award. She is currently working on her fifth novel, My Hollywood, which is due to be published in 2010 by Knopf Publishing Group.