She was born in 1949 in Susurluk, Balıkesir. After studying at Bolu Teachers College for girls, she graduated from Turkology Department of İstanbul University. She began to work as a teacher in Şavşat, Artvin and then, she continued to teach in Fethiye High Scholl for long years. She supported several young people and children through her social and cultural projects. Özen told different faces of childhood in her first book named Hopping Stories (Seke Seke Uçtu Öyküler, 2015) which was illustrated by famous illustrator Mustafa Delioğlu. She lives in Fethiye with her husband, she has a daughter and a son.