Heike Reissig studied Applied Languages in Cologne, Aix-en-Provence, and London, and obtained a diploma in Translation Studies from the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne in 1993. She worked as a marketing manager in the music industry for 6 years and became a freelance translator in 2000. Until 2013, she mainly translated work of non-fiction in the fields of business and arts, but then shifted her focus to fiction. In 2014 she won the renowned Berliner Übersetzerwerkstatt scholarship, a program for literary translators held at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB). She is a member of the Association of German-speaking Translators of Literary and Scientific Works (VdÜ).