duygu_bayar_ekrenDuygu Bayar Ekren was born in Kırşehir in 1977. She attended primary school in Bandırma, Ardahan, Kars and Bulancak, went to the Bornova Anadolu Lycée in Izmir and later read Journalism in Ankara University prior to a doing a post-graduate degree at the METU School of Political Sciences and Public Administration. A permanent member of the lycée and university drama clubs, Ekren wrote short stories, essays and news reports on culture and arts events and worked as a journalist. Next Door, her first novel, was published in 2011.