Kim Ae-ran majored in playwriting at the Korean National University of Arts. Her novel My Palpitating Life sold 140,000 copies in three months and was made into the movie My Brilliant Life in 2014. The novel has been translated into French, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Her works have appeared in Azalea, Asia Literary Review, and Inostrannaya Literatura. Kim has received the Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, Kim Yujung Literary Award, and Yi Sang Literary Award.