Josiane Behmoiras was born in Paris and migrated to Israel in 1961 with her mother. She left school at 15 and worked in a diamond factory to support them both. She later studied painting and cinema, before directing documentaries with Israeli Television. She migrated to Australia in 1985, where she held a range of unskilled jobs before moving into textile and fashion design.
Josiane started writing in English in the late nineties, while working as a cleaning lady. In 2004 she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. This became her first book,Dora B, a memoir of her mother.
Josiane lives in Melbourne.
- My Mother was a Bag Lady (2007)