YUZUKI MUROI, author of Piss, was born in 1970. Her resume lists beauty queen, actress, and bar hostess among her past occupations. Today she is better known as a prolific writer of essays and novels, and for her regular appearances on television and radio, where her outspoken views on current affairs make her a sought-after guest panelist on news shows. Since Muroi's debut as a writer in 1997, she has written more than twenty fiction and nonfiction titles. Her essays on love, marriage, and motherhood are particularly popular.