Carina Bartsch was born in 1985 in Erlangen, in the Franconia region of Bavaria. Her love of writing came late, but intensely. Bartsch had been searching since childhood for something she would really enjoy doing. At age twenty she finally sat at her computer and wrote her first short story. Instantly she realized, This is it. This, and nothing else. Suddenly she knew what her heart had been beating for all those years. Four years later after she had won several writing competitions, Bartsch published her debut novel, Cherry-Red Summer.