Risa Wataya was born in Kyoto in 1984. She graduated from Waseda University. She wrote her first story when in high school, winning the Bungei Prize, the youngest recipient of that prize. She later became the youngest person to win the Akutagawa Prize. She is also the youngest person to win the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. She has written several novels and stories.
(Only works translated into Western European languages)
2003 蹴りたい背中 (I Want to Kick You in the Back)
2010 勝手にふるえてろ [Tremble All You Want]