Kerry Greenwood was born in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession in 1982. She is the author of many crime novels, science fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, as well as a number of plays. She has won numerous awards, including the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel, 1996; and the Davitt Award in 2002, 2006, and 2007. In 2003 she was awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers Association of Australia.