Viviane Schwarz was born in Germany and drew comics for a Children's magazine there before moving to Cornwall to study illustration. She graduated in 2003 with an MA in authorial practice.
She has been successfully producing picture books since 2001, both as an author and illustrator, and her work has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the 2010 CILIP Kate Greenaway medal for There are cats in this book and again in 2012 for There are no cats in this book. Viviane's book Is there a dog in this book? is currently shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award 2016
Viviane wants to engage readers with her books and hopes that they might sing along, shout out, laugh or act them out. As well as writing and illustrating her own books, she has also collaborated with Alexis Deacon on three titles, A Place to Call Home (2011), Cheese Belongs to You! (2013) and I Am Henry Finch (2015); winner of both The Little Rebels and English 4-11 Best Picture Book awards. A new departure for Viviane was her graphic novel for Walker Books called The Sleepwalkers (2012), followed by Welcome to Your Awesome Robot with Flying Eye (2013).
Viviane’s latest book is How to Find Gold (2016), an uplifting celebration of friendship and a powerful depiction of imaginative play, this is the tale of two thrill-seeking friends on a mission… a mission to find gold.