Vivienne Joseph was born in Wellington and lived in her grandfather's house in Johnsonville. She has been a land-girl on a dairy farm, a journalist, a reviewer for children's books for the New Zealand Listener, a scriptwriter for the children's radio programme Grandpa's Place, and also written stories, plays and articles for the School Journal. The A.O.K. Project was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2001 UNESCO Prize for Children and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance and Peace. It was the first time a New Zealand writer has received the award.