Kerry Greenwood is one of Australia’s most prolific and successful writers. She grew up in Footscray, the daughter of a father who was a wharfie as well as a storyteller and a mother who was an avid reader with a love of history. As a child, Greenwood often made up stories to entertain herself and her siblings, and she wrote her first novel at the age of 16.
Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels, six non-fiction works, books for young adults and a number of plays. She has also edited two collections. She is best known for her Phryne Fisher series that features a fearless and glamorous female detective in 1920s Melbourne. The series, currently running to 20 titles, has been made into a hit television drama that has to date run to three seasons, and that has in turn inspired a number of exhibitions showcasing the costumes worn by actress Essie Davis. Greenwood is also the author of the Corinna Chapman crime series and the Delphic Women series.
Greenwood studied English and law at the University of Melbourne and worked as a solicitor for Victoria Legal Aid for more than 20 years. She lives in Footscray with her partner of more than 40 years, David Greagg, an accredited wizard.
Greenwood has won numerous awards for her writing including the Sisters in Crime Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.