Rosa Montero was born in Madrid (Spain).
She has a degree in Journalism for the Official Journalism School of Madrid.
Psychology studies in the Complutense University of Madrid.
She worked as a journalist since 1970 in TV, newspapers and magazines. Since 1977 she works in exclusivity for EL PAIS, the main Spanish newspaper. She has been special correspondant for EL PAIS in several countries (India, Australia, USA, Latinamerica, etc) and Editor-in-chief of the Sunday Magazine of EL PAIS from 1981 to 1982. Currently her journalistic writings appear regularly either in EL PAIS as in several of the main newspapers and magazines of Latinoamerica.
She published her first novel (La crónica del desamor) in 1979. Since then, she has published 15 novels, two books of biographies, three interviews recompilations, a short stories book and several children tales. Her books are translated into more than twenty languages. Her last novel is La Carne 2016 (already published in French as La Chair).
Among other prizes, she won the National prize for Journalism in 1980, the Primavera Prize for Novel of 1997, for her book “La Hija del Canibal”, the “Qué leer” Prize to the best Spanish book in 2003 for “La loca de la casa”, again the “Qué leer” Prize to the best Spanish book in 2006 for “Historia del Rey Transparente”, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign book published in Italy in 2004 also for “La loca de la casa”, Readers Price Of Cognac International Festival (France) 2011 or Prize of Critics of Madrid 2014 for “La ridicula idea de no volver a verte”
She has been a Visiting Professor in Wellesley College, Boston, (MA) –Spring 1985 and Spring 1991-- and in the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, (VA) –Spring 1994 and Spring 2008-- and she has participated in numerous conferences, simposiums and single talks all over the world. She is Doctor Honoris Causa for the Puerto Rico University.
In 2017 she was awarded the Premio Nacional de las Letras (National Prize for Spanish Literature), granted by the Ministry of Culture.
This 2018 she was named Honorary Professor of the Academic Department of Humanities of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.