Velina Minkoff was born in Sofia in 1974. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from UCLA with a track in Creative Writing – Fiction. She is the author of Red Shorts (2001) a collection of short stories in English and The Red and Blue Report of the Green Ameba (2015) a novel, in Bulgarian. She has a Master's degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and is a member of the Bulgarian Translators Union. In 2014, she was a Bulgarian language fellow at the annual Sozopol Fiction Seminar of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. She lives in Paris with her French husband and their two sons, where she teaches English, freelances as a translator and editor and moonlights as a writer.