Yilin Zhong was born in China and began to release poems when she was 7 years old. Before she was 25, while she was living in Beijing, she had published three novels: Sunshine and the Monsoon (1995), Say Love (1998), The Love Fiction (2001), and a column of essays Eyes in Subway (2001); her column of short stories Going to Tibet was written between the age of 17 and 24 and was published in 2005.
In 2002, she came to study in London and then gained her MA degree from a top university in the UK. She now lives in London. London Single Diary was her first series writing written in the UK.