Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author, known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous awards and accolades. Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her 'significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature'. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.
Sam Hawksmoor is a former Course Leader for two MA in Creative Writing programmes, joint editor of the long runnning web magazine - http://www.hackwriters.com and has lived in Canada, France, USA and the UK - sometimes travel writing - sometimes teaching or when absolutely broke panning for gold in BC. (It's way harder than you think.) Under a pseudonym he has written historical novels set in the American West (Diamonds - the Rush of '72) as well as contemporary thrillers set in Canada, but now concentrates on YA fiction because that's the most fun in writing today. His favourite writers are Paulo Bacigalupi, Carrie Mac, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick and it's far to hard to pick out favourite movies but Nine (The sock puppet Armaggedon one), Bladerunner, Hot Tub Time Machine stand out (OK he meant High Fidelity but secretly HTTM is more fun). His favourite place is Vancouver, BC and his best beach is Llandudno in Cape Town and yes, he loves Bat for Lashes and The Pierces.The Repossession is joint winner of The Wirral Paperback of the Year and Bronze Winner of the Sussex Amazing Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award.Check out Sam's website: http://www.samhawksmoor.com/index.html
Before writing her first novel, Chris taught English and Drama for many years in secondary schools. She also worked at the Minack, the open-air theatre on the cliffs near Land's End, but now writes full-time.Chris has won a number of awards including Young Minds, the Lancashire Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the KYBA, and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen.She lives in the far west of Cornwall with her husband.
Shirley Hughes is one of the best-loved and most highly respected children's illustrators working today. She trained at the Liverpool School of Art and then at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. Her first picture book was published in 1960. Overall she has illustrated more than 200 books. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1977, the Eleanor Farjeon Awward in 1984 and an OBE in 1999.
Tonya Hurley is the New York Times best-selling author of the highly acclaimed Ghostgirl book series; creator, writer and producer of animated and live action hit television series; writer and director of independent films; writer and director of commercials for Playstation, Gameboy and Warner Home Video; and creator of groundbreaking videogames. Hurley has written and directed several acclaimed independent films, which have been selected for film festivals around the world including the LA Independent, TriBeca and Edinburgh and have also been broadcast on ABC, PBS and IFC. Hurley was nominated for the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Award in Film and made the semi-finals of the Sundance Institute's Writer's Lab with her feature film script. She studied writing, music and filmmaking at The University of Pittsburgh, screenwriting at New York University, and stop motion animation at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her first book Ghostgirl was released in 2008 and instantly hit the New York Times bestseller list and is available in over 22 languages around the world. Hurley began her career in New York City as a personal publicist for such artists as John "Rotten" Lydon, Prince, George Michael, Morrissey, The Cure, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Larry McMurtry, RL Stine, The Three Tenors, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Paul Westerberg, Bush, and John Cale.Hurley was nominated for the Queen of Teen award in 2014.
Charmian Hussey began her career modelling clothes for top couture and fashion houses in London. Later she trained as an archaeologist, originally studying at the University of London, Institute of Archaeology and working on excavations in Great Britain and the Middle East. On her return from two years work and research in Turkey she imported an ancient breed of Turkish dogs - now known in the United Kingdom as Anatolian Karabash.