She was born in 1935 in a small town
of Kutahya in Turkey.
She studied Law at the University of Istanbul for
sometime but then decided to be a primary school
teacher and attained her Teaching Certificate.
Working as a primary school teacher for fifteen years
equipped her with an insight to understand children,
to build strong relationships with them and to educate
without offending them.
After 15 years of teaching,
she decided to reach more children by stopping being
a teacher and focused on her career as an author.
Her career as an author was started much earlier.
In primary school her teacher discovered her talent
at creative writing and guided her to improve it as
she grows up. At the age of 15, her first story was
already published in a local newspaper (1950). Her
first book "The Gardener's Son" followed it. Ever
since, she has written a total of 70 books (novels
and collected short stories), most of them published
numerous times and enjoyed by generations after generations
of children and teenagers. She also wrote more than
twenty radio/TV play scripts and most of them are
Along with her active writing career,
she participates in debates, interviews and book signing
events held by schools, various educational and cultural
institutions, municipalities and nongovernmental organizations
all around the country to get together with her readers
on an educational platform as often as possible.
her novels, short stories and play scripts for the
television and radio programs, she has carried out
a number of studies on assessing the schooling problems
faced by the Turkish workers and their families overseas
and the education system in Turkey. Attending many
national and international conference sessions, she
has presented more than 30 papers on children's literature
as well as educational problems. Since 1965, some
of her articles based on these research studies have
been published in two of the most prestigious newspapers
in Turkey (Cumhuriyet 1965-1967 and Milliyet 1967
-1987). Frequently, she also writes articles for various
On top of her high school education in
French, she has participated in English language school
programs both in Turkey and in UK.
She is married,
has two grown up sons and three grandchildren.