Annette Jordaan matriculated in 1967 at the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool,Pretoria. In 1982 she obtained an M.A. in Latin (1982) at the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit and in 2004 the DLitt (Afrikaans) (2004) at the University of Pretoria,where she read Afrikaans literature until her retirement in 2015.
Nine novels appeared from her pen under the name of Magda Schmidt at Lapa Uitgewres. In 2013 Lothar Neethling: ’n lewe vertel appeared at Litera.