Efua Traoré is a Nigerian-German author who grew up in a small town in Nigeria. For as long as she can remember, her head was filled with little stories, but it was not until much later that she began to write them down. Apart from Nigeria, she has also lived in France and Germany and she writes in English and in German. If she had her way, she would travel much more and write every single day. Children of the Quicksands is her debut novel, which won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition in 2019. She lives in Munich with her husband and three daughters.