Xu Xiaobin was born in Beijing in 1953. She worked as an editor at the Television Play Production Center of the China Central Television Station and began to write in 1981. Her publications include Investigation of a Mental Patient, a collection of short stories, two novellas - The Pisceans and The Mysterious Garden - and the novels Sea Fire, Dunhuang Dreams and Feathering Snake. Dunhuang Dreams won the Maodun Literary Award (national award for best novels). Her short story "Investigation of a Mental Patient" was adapted as the film Arc Light, which won a special award at the 16th Moscow Film Festival. Xu Xiaobin also excels at painting and folk paper engraving and has held many exhibitions.