|Nelia Engelbrecht was born and bred in Klerksdorp. Through the years she had worked for different publications as a journalist. She has published 65 short stories in various women’s magazines and short story collections.
Engelbrecht has won a number of awards, including the Klerksdorp Record’s Young Writer’s Competition in 1994 and again in 1997. She won Sarie’s national short story competition in 1999 with her story, Die binnekant van ’n pruim. She won the Contentlot.com writer’s competition in 2001.
Nelia has also won the ATKV Children's Book Award 2009 and the sought-after Scheepers Prize for Youth Literature (for Pandora se boks).
A short story was published 1999 in Vuur, a collection of short stories about the Anglo Boer War. She has publsihed three romance novels, Die liefde van ’n leeftyd (Camelia, 2003), Liefdesvlug (Lapa, 2003) and Die Ier se ultimatum (Lapa, 2005). Alicia en die Zitzappers appeared at Human & Rousseau in 2007, followed by Pandora se boks in 2009.