Michael Bijnens (born 1990) grew up as the son of an Antwerp prostitute. A language addict, he studied German and later graduated from theater school in Brussels before quickly making his name as a playwright. To research his last two plays he traveled to Lebanon and to Mexico, where he stayed for months in the drug violence-ridden border region with the United States. Cinderella is Bijnens’s debut novel.
Brian Doyle (Scotland, 1956) has translated a wide variety of books from Dutch/Flemish into English. Recent book projects include Jef Geeraerts’ The Public Prosecutor (2009), Jacqueline van Maarsen’s Inheriting Anne Frank (2010), Christiaan Weijts’ The Window Dresser (2010), Tessa de Loo’s The Book of Doubt (2011), Paul Glaser’s Dancing with the Enemy (2012), and Bob Van Laerhoven’s Baudelaire’s Revenge (2014). He also translates poetry and literary nonfiction and is responsible for The Square of Revenge (2012) and The Midas Murders (2013), and From Bruges With Love (2015), the first three novels in Pieter Aspe’s Detective Van In series. He teaches at the University of Leuven in Belgium