Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, and death penalty investigator living in Portland, Oregon.

Rene has written for many esteemed publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a published author of three non-fiction books. Her first novel, The Enchanted, was published by HarperCollins in March 2014. A finalist for the esteemed 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, The Enchanted has garnered outstanding acclaim, with rave reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and other publications. It is the winner of a prestigious French Prix award. The Enchanted has been praised by the likes of Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Dunn, and Donald Ray Pollock, who says, “Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.” In addition to her writing career, Rene Denfeld is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. She is the happy mother of three children she adopted from state foster care. Watch her interview with Harper Books here.