Marianne van Velzen was born in The Netherlands in 1953 and emigrated to Australia in the mid-1950s. She migrated back to The Netherlands when she was in her teens. After having worked at various jobs she becomes a journalist and later an editor for one of the prominent Dutch publishers, Wegener Press. She has worked in radio and TV. She has a life-long interest in Australia. She was involved in the research for The Diamond Dakota Mystery, published by A&U in 2006. In that year she was also involved in the celebration of the 400 years of bilateral relationships between the Dutch and Australia. In 2007 she worked briefly as a freelance field producer for ABC television for the TV series: Can We Help? In the Netherlands she has translated a number of plays into English.