Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born and raised in Barcelona. Before becoming a full-time novelist in his mid-twenties he worked for six years shooting TV commercials, creating advertising campaigns and as a screenwriter. He is the author of eight novels, including the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series which includes The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven and its grand finale, The Labyrinth of the Spirits, scheduled for worldwide English publication in the fall of 2018. A six time New York Times bestselling author, his work has been translated into more than 45 languages and sold more than 35 million copies around the world, making him the most widely read author from Spain of all time after Cervantes. He lives in Los Angeles, California.