Rui Cóias was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1966. He attended high school in the Colégio de São João de Brito in Lisbon, and graduated in Law from the University of Coimbra. After post-graduate studies in legal science he worked as a legal adviser, and also studied Philosophy at the University in Lisbon.
Rui is currently fully dedicated to writing, and has recently won a scholarship from the Portuguese Government/Ministry of Culture to write his next book. He is married with two children.