The novelist Ch'oe Yun was born in Seoul in 1953. She received a Master's degree in Korean Literature from Sogang University, after which she went to France and earned a doctorate in literature. She then returned to Korea and has since been teaching French Literature at Sogang University. Ch'oe made her literary debut as a novelist in 1988 with the publication of her short story, "There a Petal Silently Falls," in a quarterly literary journal. As a scholar of French literature, she has also translated many Korean novels into French.