Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu was born in Nairobi in 1977. She moved to the United States to attend college in San Diego. She graduated with a BA International Relations (cum laude). She later received a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Irene has worked as a journalist in New York City, Washington DC and Boston. In 2017, Irene graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town (Distinction). Irene lives in Cape Town with her husband and three kids. Lucky Girl is her first novel.