Marjolijn Hof (Amsterdam, 1956) started her professional life as a librarian. In the next twenty years she discovered the joy of writing and kept widening her scope: from story collections and picture books to material for publishers in education. In 1999 Marjolijn took the plunge and became a full time writer.
Her first full-grown children's book was Een kleine kans (2006) - Against the odds (2007), winner of three prestigious Dutch prizes: Gouden Griffel (Golden Slate Pencil Award), Gouden Uil, Prijs voor de Jonge Lezer. This novel has been translated into fifteen languages. In 2011 Against the odds was made into a movie called Patatje Oorlog - Taking Chances .
Her novel De regels van drie - (Rules of three) was awarded the Woutertje Pieterse Prijs in 2014.
In 2018 Marjolijn Hof published Lepelsnijder (Spoon Carver), a combination of an adventure story and a coming of age novel inspired by a 19th century painting. De kaarten van madame Petrova (Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards), the sequel to Spoon Carver, was published in 2022. It has been awarded a Zilveren Griffel (the Silver Slate Pencil Award.)