K.V. Johansen was born Krista Johansen in Kingston, Ontario in 1968. She holds a BA in English and History from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, and another MA in English Literature from the University of Hamilton. Johansen has also lived in St.Andrews, New Brunswick, and Berlin, Germany. She currently resides in Sackville, New Brunswick, with her dog, Pippin, the title character of her Pippin picture book series.
Johansen has been inventing stories from an early age. She told stories to her younger siblings and wrote her first book at the age of eleven. Her favourite book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which she rereads every year. She enjoys growing exotic trees and has an arboretum in her backyard. Johansen’s other interests include ancient and Medieval history, dead languages, natural history, and the history of children’s fantasy literature. She is also a fan of anime and manga. Johansen belongs to the Writers’ Union of Canada, The Tolkien Society, and the Early English Text Society.
New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor's Early Childhood Literacy Award (now known as the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award) (2000)