Corry de Haas-Siemons was born in Oudenbosch, Holland. After completing high school in Holland, she worked as a steno-typist and clerk. After arriving in Australia she completed numerous Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses in Greek and creative writing. She has been a member of the Queensland Federation of Australian Writers, Dynamic Scribes, the Queensland Poets Association and Ethnic Writers in Queensland. Her work has won many prizes and has received six highly commended awards from the Coolum and Interstate Writers Competition since 1989. In 1991 she won first prize for her poem 'Whispers of the Past', from the Senior Citizens Writing Competition and won a highly commended for her short story 'The Hardest Trek of All', in the Alexandra Hasluck Awards. She has read her work in public many times, including the 1991 and 1992 National Folk Festivals in Adelaide, Malenie and Canberra; Yungaba Brisbane in 1991; and at the John Oxley Library in 1992.