Lauren Tobia studied Illustration at the University of the West of England. Whilst there she was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. Lauren's first book was A Heart for Ruby by Franzeska G Ewart, quickly followed by the successful Anna Hibiscus series by Atunuke (Walker). Before becoming an illustrator, Lauren was an intensive care nurse. She lives with her husband in Bristol with two unruly rescue Jack Russells. She has two grown-up daughters, an allotment and a serious home baking habit. She is also a regular blogger and tweeter.