K. V. Johansen is the author of twenty-some books, including the Sunburst-nominated epic fantasy Blackdog, the teen fantasy series The Warlocks of Talverdin (which includes the Ann Connor Brimer Award-winning Nightwalker) the Torrie books (a secondary-world fantasy series for children), and the children’s near-future science fiction Cassandra Virus trilogy. She grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where after reading The Lord of the Rings at the age of eight she developed not only a lifelong love of fantasy literature, but a fascination with languages and history which would be equally long lasting and would eventually influence the development of her own writing, leading her to take a Master’s degree at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
In addition to fantasy for adults, children, and teens, she has written the Pippin and Mabel/Coquine et Mabelle picture books and two works of literary criticism on the history of children’s fantasy literature, has won several awards and been shortlisted for others; various of her books have been translated into French, Macedonian, and Danish. While spending most of her time writing, she retains her interest in medieval history and languages and is a member of the Tolkien Society and the Early English Text Society, as well as the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Writers’ Union of Canada, and SF Canada. She was also the editor of the posthumously-published final volume in Donald Jack’s triple Leacock Award-winning Bandy Papers series, Stalin Versus Me.