Since she was 14, Ali has been struggling against the anorexia which followed obsessing about exercise and eating. In 2007, she was close to death - and needed specialist facilities to help save her. Out of her fight for the treatment she needed and then, following her partial recovery, her fight for the same support for her fellow sufferers, Ali has become an assertive and articulate young woman determined to see positive benefits from her difficult experiences.
An grew up in Belgium. She moved to London in 1989 to study animation at the Royal College of Art. Besides writing and illustrating picture books, she has a very successful career as an animator. An won the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2004. She lives in Harrow with her husband and their two children.