Kerry Isabelle Greenwood was born on the 17th June 1954 in Footscray, Victoria. Greenwood attended Geelong Road State School (now Footscray Primary School), Maribyrnong College and the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 1979. Greenwood was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982.She writes mysteries, science-fiction, historical fiction, and children's stories, as well as plays. She is unmarried but lives with a "registered wizard" Greenwood's first work was "Cocaine Blues" published in 1989. Greenwood's most famous works are the Phryne Fisher books. Greenwood's work fits into the "Crime", "historical", and "science-fiction" genres.