The mystery fiction writer Louise Penny is the author of books that contain the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, a fictional character who is the head of the homicide department of the Canadian police force. Penny was born in 1958 in Toronto, Canada, and she earned her Bachelors of Applied Arts in Radio and Television in 1979 from Ryerson University.
Before her writing career, Penny worked as a radio broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She grew up reading crime fiction novels from authors, such as Georges Simenon, Michael Innes and Agatha Christie. She won the Agatha Award for best mystery novel from 2007 to 2010. Her first novel, "Still Life," won the Debut Dagger and New Blood Dagger Award, the Anthony Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Dilys Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.