(born January 3, 1951 in Madrid
) is an award-winning journalist
for the Spanish newspaper El País
and an author
of contemporary fiction.
Montero was born into a lower-middle class family in Cuatro Caminos
, a district of Madrid. A bout of tuberculosis
forced her to remain at home between the ages of five and nine, and she began reading and writing extensively during that time. She then entered the Beatriz Galindo Institute of Madrid
, and at 17, she began her university studies in Madrid's School of Philosophy and Letters (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras). The following year she was admitted into the Journalism School, and during her university years, she participated in independent theater groups.
After school, she began working as a journalist, and in 1976 she began working at El País
. In 1977 she began publishing interviews in the Sunday edition of the paper, and the following year, she won the "Manuel del Arco" prize for her work, and was the first woman to receive it. She published her first novel in 1979, Crónica del desamor
(Chronicle of Enmity). In 1980, she won the National Journalism prize for her articles and literary reports, and that year she was named editor in chief of the weekly version of El País
In 1981 she published La función Delta
(The Delta Function), and the following year, a collection of her interviews published in El País
was released, with the title "Cinco años de... Read More