Irma Grovell was born on Aruba as the eldest child of seven.

In 1967 she left school and Aruba to study nursing in the Netherlands. One year later she left and went on to work at Philips. She picked up her schooling and got her degrees. She married and had two children.

She later went to college where she graduated as a BA English teacher. She did one period of MA English and stopped after she got her degree in Introduction to American literature. She worked at a secondary school and left after a year to start her Homeplus Teaching, teaching English at home.

She spent two years at Hedwig van Lier’s writing course learning how to write short stories. She chose twenty stories and had them printed in a book. She then spent some time at Hedwig van Lier’s followed by the Schrijversvakschool in Amsterdam acquiring the secrets of writing a novel. After finishing the course she and some writers formed a writing group that met regularly to discuss their works.

During a contest her short story won a place between others that were published in a book called ‘Op weg naar de horizon’. She followed a course by Daretoo and a workshop. The Master class “from Manuscript to book” by Linda Crombach and her next writing course giving by Laudius were almost her last achievements. Finally, her last course ‘Historical novel’ was at the University of Exeter with tutor Bridget Holding.