Mary Byrne was born in County Louth, Ireland. She currently lives in Montpellier, France, after long spells in Paris, the south of France, and Morocco. She has taught at various French universities in Paris and Normandy and is now a freelance translator. Her short fiction has been published or broadcast in Europe, North America, Australia. She is anthologized in Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories (Fabers 2007), Queens Noir (Akashic 2008), Best Paris Stories anthology, May 2012. She is currently working on several collections of short fiction.