EvPortraita Priestley was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1932, into a tight-knit family of modest means. She survived the bombings and lived through the difficult aftermath of World War II.

In 1954, she came to the United States of America, with her husband, and settled in New Jersey, where she raised two daughters.

For mental stimulation, Eva took up writing and became a freelancer. Eventually, she was hired to teach the creative writing classes at area senior and community centers. Thanks to her editing, a number of her students became published authors.

After receiving several awards from the Philadelphia Writers Conference, in the early days of her career, at least 70 of Eva's short-shorts and a number of anecdotes were published in various magazines and newspapers.