Harikleia Georgiou Sirmans was born and grew up in the island of North Evia, Greece. From a young age, she exhibited a creative, curious nature to learn all things possible. At the age of 17, she started her own tailoring business. In 1990, she came to the United States, where she graduated from Valdosta State University (VSU) with a B.A. in English Language and Writing and a minor in French.
She returned to Greece and spent one year in Athens, and six months in Paris trying to utilize her degree. During that time, she started translating The Agony of Survival and finished it in two years. Later, she moved to London where she worked in the retail business for 4 1/2 years. In 2001, she returned to the United States where she got married and accepted a job at the public library in Valdosta, Georgia, as a cataloger.
She currently pursues her Master’s in Library and Information Science from VSU. She lives with her husband in Valdosta, GA.