Valério Romão was born in France in 1974. He was shortlisted three times in the national Young Creators competition, twice for prose and once for poetry. He was the Portuguese representative for literature at the Biennale of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001. He studied philosophy at university, where he graduated. He has written short stories, plays and translations (Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett). His first novel, Autism, was published in 2012 and is the first volume of a trilogy entitled Failed Parenthoods, which has since completed with O da Joana and Cair para Dentro (Fall Inside). Together with Gonçalo M. Tavares, he was a finalist in 2016 of the prestigious Femina Prize for the best foreign novel published in French.