Ivana Bodrožić (Vukovar, 1982) attained her Master's degree in Philosophy and Croatian Language and Literature. In 2005, she published her first poetry collection entitled Prvi The First Step into Darkness as part of the Goran Award for young poets. Her poems have been included in numerous Croatian and international magazines and anthologies of contemporary poetry. Her first novel Hotel Tito was published in 2010, receiving high praises from both critics and audiences and was an ultimate Croatian bestseller. The novel has been published at numerous respectful publishing houses and received a prestigious Prix Ulysse for the best debut novel in France, as well as numerous important awards in Croatia and the Balkan area such as the Kočićevo Pero Award, Josip and Ivan Kozarac Award, and Kiklop Award for the best work of fiction in 2010.
As a co-scriptwriter, Ivana Simić Bodrožić is currently working on the film adaptation of the novel with the renowned Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić (the winner of Golden Bear 2006, Berlin International Film Festival). She has since published her second poetry collection Wildlife Crossing and a short story collection 100% Cotton, which has also received a regional award. Her novel We Trade Our Night for Someone Else’s Day was awarded Balkan Noir prize for best crime novel written in 2016. In 2020 , Bodrožić published a novel Sons, Daughters which won the Meša Selimović Award.
Her works have been translated into English, German, French, Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian and Macedonian.