Balli Kaur Jaswal was born in Singapore and grew up in Japan, Russia and the Philippines. She studied Creative Writing at Hollins University in the US and was awarded the David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.  Her first novel Inheritance was published by Sleepers Publishing in Australia in 2013 (where Balli lived for some years) and won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist award. In 2014, she was the National Writer-In-Residence at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

Balli's latest novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is published by Harper Fiction in the UK and William Morrow in the US (spring 2017) and has sold in over ten other territories.