Betty Milan is from São Paulo. The author of novels, crônicas, essays, and plays, her works have also been published in France, Argentina, and China. She has contributed to major Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as Folha de S. Paulo, Veja and Veja.com.
She has worked for the International Parliament of Writers housed in Strasbourg, France. In 1998 and in 2015 she was guest-of-honour in Paris Book Fair. She represented contemporary Brazilian literature at the Miami International Book Fair in 2014. Before becoming a writer she received a medical degree from the University of São Paulo and studied psychoanalysis in France with Jacques Lacan.