Z. P. de França spent his happy childhood in the former Yugoslavia. Thanks to his engineering degree and a lot of luck, he was able to mind his own business for a long time until the war broke out in the 1990s and he was forced to move to the European Union where he worked in the software industry for more than twenty years. In recent years, he has been mainly involved in teaching teenagers how to program computers and how to think logically about the world. He also teaches Aikido in Vienna (he held a black belt in Aikido for quite some years). He tries to divide his free time between lovely places in Austria, Italy, and Brazil, where he harasses (with considerable success) the locals in their own language. Otherwise, he spends his time mostly with his family and his two black cats while practicing the art of barbecue.