Mornštajnová was born in Valašské Meziříčí in 1963 and studied English and Czech at the University of Ostrava. She has taught English and translated, and written five novels (Slepá mapa | The Blind Map, 2013; Hotýlek | The Tiny Hotel, 2015; Hana, 2017; Tiché roky | Silent Years, 2019; Listopád | November Fall, 2021) and a children’s book Strašidýlko Stráša (Buggie the Bugbear, 2018). She belongs amongst the most successful Czech women writers post 1989. “Books have always been a part of my life: to invent stories and pen them in books has always been my desire since childhood. But life never runs to our plan, so I fulfilled my wish much later. However, I can see in retrospect that everything I have ever done has somehow led my way to my current writing,” she says.