Tsruya Lahav was born at Kibbutz Ayelet Hashachar in 1951 and has been involved in various forms of creative art all her life: painting, violin-playing, singing, acting and writing. She has played classical music with the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, performed with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as well as with Israeli singer Shlomo Bar. She has also written songs for top Israeli vocalists, some of which have become classics. Lahav`s acting career includes performances in Israeli theaters and on TV, writing screenplays and translating for the theater. She now teaches creative writing in Jerusalem. Lahav has published a book for youth, a novel and a children`s book. Her first book, Andre`s Wooden Clogs, was awarded the Yad Vashem Prize and the Ministry of Culture Prize (2002). Her second book, The Swamp Queen Does the Tango, received the ACUM Prize (2004).