İnci Aral was born in Denizli in 1944. After finishing Manisa Women’s Teaching College, she studied painting at the Gazi Technical Institute. She began writing short stories in 1976, which were first published in 1979, and later moved on to novels.
Her work focuses on the emotions of the individual shaped by cultural and sociological phenomena, social upheaval and breakdowns, problems between the sexes, lack of communication, and the impossible nature of love.
So far, she has written ten novels, eight short story collections and two volumes of essays published.
Waxing Time (Ağda Zamanı) 1980, stories, Akademi Kitabevi First Book Award; Murrain Pictures (Kıran Resimleri) 1983, stories, Nevzat Üstün Award; Insomniacs (Uykusuzlar) 1984, stories; Love’s Unique Winter (Sevginin Eşsiz Kışı) 1986, stories; Forty Degrees In the Shade (Gölgede Kırk Derece) 2001, stories, Yunus Nadi Short Story Award; Dead Male Birds (Ölü Erkek Kuşlar) 1992, novel, Yunus Nadi Novel Award; New Untrue Times (Yeni Yalan Zamanlar) 1994, novel; No Love, No Death (Hiçbir Aşk Hiçbir Ölüm) 1997, novel; Birds Migrating Inside Me (İçimden Kuşlar Göçüyor) 1998, novel; Purple (Mor) 2003, novel, Orhan Kemal Novel Award; Stone and Flesh (Taş ve Ten) 2005, novel; Saffron Yellow (Safran Sarı), 2007, novel; Fidelity (Sadakat) 2010, novel; When You Sing Your Song (Şarkını Söylediğin Zaman), 2011, novel; At His Own Night (Kendi Gecesinde), 2014, novel