Born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1962, Jorge Franco studied film at the London International Film School and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He began his career as a writer in 1991 and was awarded the Pedro Gómez Valderrama National Narrative prize for a collection of short stories entitled Maldito Amor. His first novel, Mala Noche, won the Ciudad de Pereira National Novel Competition. Franco is considered one of the youngest writers of note in Latin America, and one who has already earned a prominent place alongside several world-renowned Colombian writers.
His novel Rosario Tijeras was awarded the Hammett International Prize, has been translated into 14 languages, and has been adapted into a film. His book Paradise Travel has also been translated into several languages and was made into a feature film in 2007. His most recent novel is Melodrama.
Franco is considered one of the most prominent young writers in Latin America, and has earned a place alongside several world-renowned Colombian writers. Gabriel García Márquez (aka Gabo) has said about Jorge Franco: “This is one of the Colombian authors I would like to pass the torch to.” That being said, perhaps its still best to call him a writer in his own right.