Ying Ying was born to Chinese parents and grew up in Hong Kong. She gained her first degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1980 majoring in English Literature and Chinese Literature. After having worked for the Hong Kong government educating the public against corruption, she completed a Masters course in Criminology. She taught Sociology and Criminal Justice at universities in Hong Kong before she and her family migrated to Australia in 1999. Ying Ying has written two books in Chinese, published in 1992 and 2009 in Hong Kong. Starting with Max is her first book in English. She lives in Sydney with her German husband and grown-up daughter.