Kate Wheeler was born in Oklahoma in 1955 and grew up in several countries in South America. She graduated from Rice University and Stanford’s creative writing program, worked as a reporter for the Miami Herald, and published her first collection of short stories, Not Where I Started From, in 1993, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 1996 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her first novel, When Mountains Walked, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 2001. She has been a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and Guggenheim Fellowship.