Lilika Nakou (or Nakos) was the only child of a wealthy lawyer and member of the Greek Parliament. She was raised from age 12 by her mother in Geneva, Switzerland, where she attended high school and took degrees in piano and belles lettres. As a young woman, Lilika lived in Paris where she was a member of the intellectual circles of Andre Gide and Albert Einstein, among others, and published stories in French. In 1930, she returned to Greece and began to write in Greek. She supported herself and her mother as a high school teacher, piano teacher, and pioneering journalist and author. Writing for the Greek newspaper Akropolis, she was for many years one of the only woman in Greek journalistm, and she became one of the first women writers of modern Greece. She became increasingly involved with social issues concerning Greek women, which made her a popular and beloved figure.