Ingrid Wolfaardt was born in East London and matriculated in Paarl. She studied Fine Arts at Stellenbosch, and later obtained her honours degree in Art History at UNISA.
Heartfruit is the manuscript with which she recently obtained her Masters Degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing (UCT) under Prof Etienne van Heerden. Ingrid is the mother of four daughters, and currently lives in Paarl. She and her husband, John, run a fruit export company.