Vanina Marsot was raised in Cairo, Paris, and Los Angeles. Bilingual in English and French, she was raised by academic parents who instilled in her a keen passion for travel. After completing her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College, she moved to Paris, where she worked at Jean-Paul Gaultier, managed a commercial photography studio, and taught English to business executives. Eventually, she returned to Los Angeles, where she worked at Paramount Pictures. While toiling in the Hollywood vortex, she began to write fiction. She left Paramount to obtain an MFA from Bennington College, where she completed a collection of short stories. While spending time in Paris researching her first novel, 'Foreign Tongue,' she began translating French feature films and TV shows into English. She now writes and translates full-time and lives in Los Angeles and Paris, when not gallivanting about to far-flung corners of the world.