Heinz Janisch was born in Austria in 1960 in Güssing, Austria. and studied German literature in Vienna. He has published numerous books, including many children's titles, which have been translated into more than twelve languages. He was nominated for the 2009 Lindgren Memorial Award and has been nominated for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award. In 2008 he received the Austrian Picture Book Award. Heinz Janisch lives with his family in Vienna and in Burgenland.