Marli Roode was born in South Africa and moved to the UK when she was 17. After earning an MA in Philosophy and Literature, she worked as a freelance journalist in London before beginning work on her novel, Call It Dog, at Manchester University’s Centre for New Writing. Her short stories Second Degree and Spring Tide were published in the 2009 and 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies; Pieces Green was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize. Call It Dog was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. She lives in Manchester.