Judith W. Taschler was born in 1970 in Linz, and grew up with six siblings and numerous animals and books in a big yellow house in the Mühlviertel region. After studying history and German language and literature, she worked as a teacher for several years. She lives in Innsbruck. Her novel Die Deutschlehrerin was awarded the 2014 Friedrich Glauser Prize. She has also published, among others, the novels bleiben (2016), David (2017) and Das Geburtstagsfest (2019).