Bella Shaier was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in the Soviet Union in 1957, and immigrated to Israel at the age of twelve. She holds an MA in literature from Tel Aviv University. Shaier worked for twenty-five years as a computer systems analyst before starting to write. In 2012, her collection Children’s Mate was awarded the Ramat Gan Prize for debut literature and was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize. Sandcastles, a short film based on a story in Children’s Mate, was released in 2016. Many of Shaier’s stories have been published in anthologies and literary periodicals. A translation of Children’s Mate was published in 2021 in Ukraine.