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Sema Kaygusuz was born in 1972 in the Turkish coastal town Samsun. Her debut novel, Yere Düsen Dualar (Wine and Gold) won international recognition upon publication in 2006. Her short story collections include Ortadan Yarisindan (In the Middle of the Half), Sandik Lekesi (Box Stain) and Doyma Noktasi (Saturation Point), established Sema Kaygusuz as a distinctive voice in the canon of young Turkish literature in the new millennium.