Rachel Trezise was born in South Wales in 1978. Her semi-autobiographical novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl was published in 2000, to critical acclaim and a place on the Orange Futures List, is studied in Welsh Universities and at the University of Montreal. Her short story collection Fresh Apples, won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Trezise was writer in residence at the University of Texas in spring 2007. Dial M for Merthyr won the inaugural Max Boyce Prize in 2010. Her radio play Lemon Meringue Pie was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008. Her most recent book is Sixteen Shades of Crazy (Blue Door, 2010). Her work has been translated into several languages and published all over the world.