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, published in April 2023 by Simon & Schuster, was an instant New York Times bestseller and was selected as Target’s Book of the Year for Young Readers. 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.