LYDIA VON WIELLIGH-STEYN was born in Durban on 19 December 1962. She matriculated in 1980 at the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria and obtained an Honours degree in French from the University of Pretoria in 1984.
Since 2000 she has been working at an international perfume company in Johannesburg. She is an experienced tour guide, researcher and liaison officer and spent four years in Paris, France.
Lydia von Wielligh-Steyn is also a SATI-accredited translator (French–Afrikaans), a published novelist and article writer and a member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts.