Kirsten Boie was born in Hamburg in 1950. She studied German and English literature and wrote a doctoral thesis on a topic in the field of literary research. She worked as a secondary school teacher in Hamburg from 1978 until 1983. When she adopted a child she had to stop teaching and began to write. Her first book "Paule ist ein Glücksgriff" (1985) was very well received and won several awards.
Since then she has published more than 60 books for children and teens that have been translated into many languages. Special mention must be made of her novels for young adults that critically examine social issues and display literary innovation. In addition to the many awards she has won, her complete works have been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award three times (in 1999, 2001 and 2003).
Kirsten Boie lives with her family near Hamburg.