K.V. Johansen was born in Kingston, Ontario, and grew up in the nearby village of Westbrook. She has a B.A. in English from Mount Allison University, an M.A. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in English from McMaster University. As a child, Johansen was part of the Kingston Danish-Canadian Club's folkdancing troupe. Her interest in her Danish heritage has continued, and Danish folklore is a major component of her work in The Serpent Bride. In addition to The Serpent Bride, Johansen is the author the "Pippin and Mabel" (in French as "Coquine et Mabelle") picture book series, one of which, Pippin and the Bones, won a New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor's Early Childhood Literacy Award, and the "Torrie" children's fantasy novels, Torrie and the Dragon, Torrie and the Pirate-Queen, and Torrie and the Firebird. She also writes about children's fantasy. In 2001 she held the Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children's Literature from the University of New Brunswick, which gave rise to two works, Quests and Kingdoms: A Grown-Up's Guide to Children's Fantasy Literature (forthcoming, fall 2005) and the e-book Highlights in the History of Children's Fantasy: Twelve Short Pieces Originally Published in Resource Links. In 2005 she received IBBY Canada's Frances E. Russell Award to work on a paper on recent developments in Canadian children's fantasy. Johansen has given numerous school readings and workshops, and is a frequent participant in Writers in Electronic Residence. She lives in New Brunswick.