Merritt Tierce was born and raised in Texas and earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was selected as a 2013 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation and received a 2019 Whiting Writer’s Award. She has also received fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. Her first novel, Love Me Back, was published by Doubleday (2014). Merritt wrote for the last two seasons of the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black and for Social Distance, a Netflix anthology about life during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.