Véronique Olmi is hightly acclaimed French dramatist and her twelve plays have won numerous awards. Bord de Mer, published in 2001, was her first novel and has become an international bestseller. Her seventh novel came out in 2010.

"One day I read four lines in a newspaper - a mother took her two children to a funfair, bought them some chips and then murdered them. I was shocked. I didn't understand. The funfair and chips meant love. The murder meant hate. I couldn't let go of that thought until I realized that this mother actually loved her children but her love was a form of madness. So I decided to write this story because I wanted to reveal the inhumanity within us humans." Véronique Olmi