She was born on 27 January 1951, in Ankara. She is the daughter of Nihal Hanım and the member of chancery, Hasan Bey. She graduated from TED Ankara College in 1968, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University in 1972. She obtained her MA on “Environmental Psychology” in the same university, her PhD on “The Concept of Ideal City In History” in The University of Pennsylvania, USA. She worked as an assistant in Gazi University from 1977 to 1979. She was convicted after the 12 September 1980 military coup d’état. She was held in Mamak Military Prison for two years and in Ankara Central Prison for another two years. She was released in 1984. After her release, she worked as writer, editor, translator and scriptwriter. She returned to academia in 1998 and started to work in the Department of Visual Communication and Design in Maltepe Univeristy. Since 1999, she has been working in the Department of Film and Television in Istanbul Bilgi University. She lives in Istanbul.
She published her first novel, Don’t Let Them Shoot The Kite which consists of the letters of a boy, Barış, who lived in prison with his convicted mother. The book narrates the administration of the coup d’état and life in prison through the eyes of a little boy. The novel has been translated into Greek. She claimed the third prize in 1986 Haldun Taner Story Competition with her story, The Last Passenger; 1988 Yunus Nadi Script Award with her Where Are The People Of The OId Times (Where The Spring Is Finished); 1988 Abdi Ipekci Peace and Amity Award with her The Other Side Of The Water, 1989 Antalya Golden Orange Movie Festival Best Script Award with Don’t Let Them Shoot The Kite. Journey Of Hope, a Swiss – Italian – Turkish production movie that she wrote the screenplay with Xavier Koller claimed the Best Foreign Movie Oscar in 1991.