Afonso Cruz was born in Figueira da Foz in 1971. He works as a director of animation movies, an illustrator, a musician and a writer. Cruz studied at the Antonio Arroio Arts High School in Lisbon, at the College of Fine Arts of Lisbon and at the Madeira Institute of Plastic Arts. His animation career includes several movies and series. In 2007, he recorded an album with his blues/roots band, The Soaked Lamb, for which he composed the original songs, wrote the lyrics, sang and played the guitar, the banjo, the harmonica and the ukulele. He started his career as a fiction writer in 2008 with the novel A Carne de Deus (The Flesh of God).