Josephine Pennicott is a multi-award-winning writer in the crime genre. Her story Birthing the Demons won the 2001 Scarlet Stiletto, Shadows won the 2012 Scarlet Stiletto and she has won the Kerry Greenwood Domestic Malice Prize twice, with Hail Mary (2003) and Tadpole (2004). Born in Tasmania, Josephine's early years were spent in Papua New Guinea. She has worked in a range of jobs (including nurse, housemaid, life-drawing model and sales assistant) and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales. Josephine lives in Sydney, Australia, with her partner David Levell and their daughter Daisy.