Birth name: Phillipa Deanne Martin.
Born: Melbourne, Australia
A big reader from an early age, Phillipa particularly loved reading fantasy books and children's detective books like the Famous Five and Nancy Drew books. She moved on to Agatha Christie at eight years old and wrote her first mystery novella in Grade 5. Then went on to study psychology and started singing. After finishing a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences at La Trobe University in 1991, Phillipa studied music full time, started writing songs, and rediscovering her love of writing.