Wilke was born in Moscow in 1976, into a family of actors. She spent her childhood in a puppet theatre, where both her parents worked. After studying psychology, pedagogics and history she became a journalist, writing for various Russian daily papers. In 2000 she moved to Vienna and currently works at Vienna University. Her books for children and young adults published in Russian have won multiple awards. 'Hyacinth Voices' is her first novel written in German.