Ursula Poznanski was born in Vienna, and spent ten years studying all sorts of subjects at the university there, before abandoning all hope of getting a degree and getting to grips with real life as a medical journalist.
After her son was born, she started writing books for young readers. Her first book, Erebos, won numerous prizes (including the German Children’s Literature Prize awarded by the Youth Jury), and made her famous around the world.
In the meantime she has become one of Germany’s most successful authors, and she also writes best-selling thrillers for adult readers. She and her family live to the south of Vienna.