Cécile Oumhani was born in Namur (Belgium) of a Scottish and Belgian mother and a French father. She grew up speaking English and French. Then she developed very strong personal ties with Tunisia through her marriage. She was a senior lecturer at the University of Paris-Est Créteil for many years. She is now a full-time writer.
She is a novelist and a poet. Her writing often explores different places and cultures. Several of her books were inspired by her ties with Tunisia. She participates in many literary events in France and abroad. She collaborates with literary journals such as La Traductière, Babelmed and Words Without Borders. She is a member of the editorial board of Siècle 21.
She was awarded the Prix européen francophone Virgile 2014 for the whole of her work.