Leena Krohn was born in 1947 in Helsinki. She studied philosophy, psychology, and literature at Helsinki University. She lives in Pernaja, Southern Finland. She has written nearly thirty books, novels, short stories, fantasy stories for children, poems, essays, and radio plays. Krohn's collection of stories and essays, Matemaattisia olentoja tai jaettuja unia, was awarded the Finlandia Prize (1992).