Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of many bestselling novels, including, most recently, INES OF MY SOUL, ZORRO, PORTRAIT IN SEPIA and DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, THE SUM OF OUR DAYS, MY INVENTED COUNTRY and PAULA; and a trilogy of young adult novels. Her books have been translated into more than 27 languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Allende lives in California.