Lisa Lercher was born in 1965 in Hartberg, Austria; educated in Graz; and has lived in Vienna since 1989. She has worked with women's shelters and as a lecturer at the Universities of Vienna, Klagenfurt, and Graz. Following the publication of books and articles with an emphasis on violence against women and children, she began writing crime novels and short thrillers in 2001. Her thriller Die Mutprobe (2009; Test of courage) was filmed and broadcast in 2010. Her latest novel is Zornige Väter (2010; Angry fathers).