Lavinia Braniste was born in Braila in 1983. She studied foreign languages at university in Cluj and Bucharest. She made her literary debut in 2006 with the volume of poems Stories about Me (Paralela 45), after which she published a collection of short prose, Five Minutes a Day (Casa de Pariuri Literare) in 2011. Polirom has also published her collection of short stories The Escapade (2014). Interior Zero is her first novel.