Originally from Kingston, Ont., K.V. Johansen studied English and History at Mount Allison, received a Master's in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and another Master's in English, from McMaster. Although she writes mostly fantasy and science fiction for young readers, she has also written short stories and literary criticism for adults. Ancient and Medieval history and languages are one of her main interests. Johansen taught workshops at the spring 2010 MASC Young Authors and Illustrators Conference in Ottawa. She has worked with the elementary or elementary/intermediate sessions of Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER) over a number of terms and has visited schools from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario, to Austria and Macedonia. She has in the past written a large number of articles for the Nova Scotia based farm magazines Rural Delivery and Atlantic Beef Quarterly, as well as other non-fiction. She was the editor of Stalin Versus Me, the final volume of the late Donald Jack's triple Leacock-Award-winning Bandy Papers series (Sybertooth 2005). Johansen currently lives in Sackville, NB. She's currently working on a new Torrie book and is editing a collection of love letters written by a prisoner in the Ruhleben civilian internment camp during the First World War.Publications
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The Black Box. Sybertooth, 2010.
The Shadow Road: The Warlocks of Talverdin Book IV. Victoria: Orca, April 2010. YA novel.) 978-1554691654.
Warden of Greyrock, Book Three of Talverdine Series. Orca, 2009. ISBN 9781554690053.
Torrie and the Dragonslayers. Sybertooth Inc., 2009. ISBN: 9780981024400.
The Storyteller and Other Tales. (collection of fantasy stories for adults and teens). Sybertooth Inc, 2008. ISBN: 9780973950588.
Treason in Eswy: The Warlocks of Talverdin. Orca, 2008. ISBN 978-1551438887.
Beyond Window-Dressing?: Canadian Children's Fantasy at the Millennium. Sybertooth, Inc., 2007. ISBN 9780968802458.
The Drone War. (a science fiction novel for children 9+), Sybertooth Inc. September, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0973950526.
Torrie and the Snake-Prince. (a fantasy novel for children 9+). Annick Press, 2007. ISBN: 1554510708 (HC); ISBN: 1554510694 (pbk.)
Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book One. (A YA fantasy novel) Orca Book Publishers, 2007. ISBN 9781551434810.
Torrie and the Firebird. Annick, 2006. (fantasy novel for 8-13 year-olds) ISBN 1-55037-960-7 (pb); ISBN 1-55037-961-5, (hc).
The Cassandra Virus. Orca, 2006 (sf novel for 9-14). ISBN 1-55143-497-0.
Quests and Kingdoms: A Grown-Up's Guide to Children's Fantasy Literature. Sybertooth, 2005. ISBN 0-9688024-4-3.
Torrie and the Pirate-Queen. Annick, 2005 (fantasy, 8-13). ISBN 1-55037-900-3. (pbk); 1-55037-901-1 (hc).
Pippin and Pudding. Kids Can, 2001 (picture book, ill. Bernice Lum).
Pippin and the Bones. Kids Can, 2000 (picture book).
Pippin Takes a Bath. Kids Can, 1999 (picture book).
The Serpent Bride: Stories From Medieval Danish Ballads. Thistledown, 1998. (YA fantasy short story collection). ISBN 1-895449-82-0.
Torrie and the Dragon. Roussan, 1997 (fantasy, ages 7-13).
Torrie and the Snake-Prince in Macedonian. Trans. Marija Todorova. Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: Vermilion, 2009.
Sørøverdronningen: Torrie and the Pirate-Queen in Danish. Trans. Lone Diana Jørgensen. Copenhagen, Denmark: Forlaget Thorup, 2005
Coquine et Pouding: Pippin and Pudding in French. Trans. Cécile Gagnon. Markham, Ontario: Les éditions Scholastic, 2001.
Coquine et son trésor: Pippin and the Bones in French. Trans. Cécile Gagnon. Markham, Ontario: Les éditions Scholastic, 2000..
Au bain, Coquine!: Pippin Takes a Bath in French. Cécile Gagnon. Markham, Ontario: Les éditions Scholastic, 1999.
Lochhead, A. Grant. My Darling Helen: Letters From Ruhleben Internment Camp 1914-1918. (working title). work in progress.
Jack, Donald. Stalin Versus Me: Volume IX of the Bandy Papers. Sybertooth, 2005.
Selected by Voya for their annual list of the year's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, April 2007; Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book One.
Winner of the 2008 Ann Connor Brimer Award; Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book One.
2008 Snow Willow Awards finalist; Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book One.
Ontario Library Association's Best Bets for Children list; Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book One.
Selected by the Ontario Library Association as one of the top ten children's books of 2006; Torrie and the Firebird.
Shortlisted for the Canadian Association of Children's Librarians 2007 Book of the Year for Children Award; The Cassandra Virus.
Shortlisted for the 2006 Harvey Darton Award; Quests and Kingdoms.
Winner of the 206 Lilla Sterling Award; Torrie and the Pirate-Queen.
2006 Silver Birch Award finalist; Torrie and the Pirate-Queen.
2006 Diamond Willow Award finalist; Torrie and the Pirate-Queen.
Winner of an NB. Lieutenant-Governor's Children's Literacy Award; Pippin and the Bones.