About the author
J. Octavio Pineda (Mexico City, 1972) is a journalist, writer and translator.
He works as a journalist since 1998. Since 2002, he lives in Bogota, Colombia, where he has worked as a correspondent or contributor of Mexican media, such as the newspaper Reforma or the cultural and literary magazine Letras Libres, in addition to writing for some Colombian media and blogs, mostly on environmental and sustainable development issues.
In 2009, he published his first book, Corte de Cuentas (Balance Sheet), a collection of stories and short shorts. A second book of stories, Ay amor, ya no me quieras tanto (Oh Darling, Don't Love Me So Much), was launched online in 2012 and as an e-book and printed book in 2016. In Colombia's IV La Cueva National Prize of Short Stories (2014-15), his story "La tercera raíz" (The Third Root) was one of the thirteen finalists among 1,300 contestants, and it became the backbone of his third book, La tercera raíz y otros cuentos (The Third Root and Other Stories), published as author's edition in 2016 and re-edited in 2017. El libro de los viejos oficios (The Book of Old Trades), his fourth book of short stories, was published in 2018. Animal SOS Animal marks his entrance into a hybrid genre closer to poetry but still featuring much of storytelling. (octaviopineda.com)