Kiyash Monsef is a writer, creative director, and Emmy-nominated producer who has worked in a number of media, including television, short films, comic books, and video games. His debut novel, Once There Was, was sold in a seven-figure pre-empt and will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2023. He is also a Webby-nominated designer of innovative conversational and voice interface experiences, and has worked for Google, Motorola, Nokia, and The New York Public Library, among many other clients. His short fiction has been featured in Byliner, New Millennium Writings, and Penumbra’s New Fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California.