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H L Dennis

Helen Dennis was born in Brighton and loves living near the sea. She was a teacher for twenty years, and now writes full time - but enjoys making school visits, where she runs code-cracking and creative writing sessions.
Stephanie Laberis

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation & children's books. Among others, she has worked for DreamWorks TV, Hasbro, Nick Jr. and Disney Jr.
Nick Lake

Nick Lake was born in Britain but grew up in Luxembourg, where his father worked for the European Parliament. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find. He has won the prestigious Printz Award for his novel In Darkness, and has been twice-shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.Nick lives in a picture-postcard village in Oxfordshire with his wife and family. His long commute to work gives his imagination time to explore places he's never visited.
Stephen Lambert

Stephen grew up in Reigate, Surrey and has lived in London, North Yorkshire and currently resides on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. After attending Reigate College of Art and Lincoln College of Art, Stephen eventually found himself illustrating for a living. For Orchard, Stephen has illustrated The Orchard book of Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs, written by Robert Swindells (July 2003). This is a collection of spellbinding stories from Egyptian mythology and Stephen's stunning illustrations vividly bring to life the drama of this era."A magical title which blends a tremendously strong storyline with the soft tonalities and dreamlike intensity of Stephen Lambert's dramatic artwork." The Bookseller"Stephen Lambert's illustrations capture very well both the colours of the desert landscape and the slightly ponderous mystery that hovers over the tales." Times Education SupplementStephen's other books include Nobody Rides the Unicorn (Transworld) which has been shortlisted for the Smarties Award, The Train Ride (Walker Books) and The Secret in the Mist (Gullane).When Stephen is not accompanying his dog on walks along the Cornish coastal paths, he is learning to cultivate his garden.
Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. Patrice lives in east London and shares a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books. Her debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize, and her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime Fest Best Crime Fiction for Young Adults and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. @LawrencePatrice
Louise Lawrence

Louise Lawrence (1943-2013) was a widely respected and popular writer of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She remains best known for the dystopian classic, Children of the Dust, which was controversial when it first appeared and has since achieved cult status. Her first novel, Andra, appeared in 1971, and her last work was The Witch and the Weather Mage. Her Llandor Trilogy is being reissued in e-book on the Hodder Silver list.
Josie Lawrence

Joined the Comedy Store Players then the RSC in 1995. On Whose Line is it Anyway? for 10 years.Most recently she has been appearing on stage, at the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe in London. Her numerous audiobook readings include Jacqueline Wilson's Bad Girls and The Illustrated Mum, the Roger Hargreaves 'Little Miss' books, and the award-winning Room on the Broom.
Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is an American novelist and a former character actress. She appeared as an actress in the movies 'Superstar' and 'The In-Laws', the NBC series 'DAG' and Comedy Central's 'Premium Blend' among others. Her debut novel, MONUMENT 14, was a NY Times Editor's Choice and received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. Emmy lives in upstate NY, with her husband, their two children and a feisty, slightly judgmental bearded dragon named Goldie. Visit her online at www.emmylaybourne.com.
Neal Layton

Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He has worked on more than 80 titles to date, working with authors such Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, and won several prizes including a Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize for 'That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. His books have also been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Booktrust Early Years Award, Funfzig Jahre Deutcher Jugendliteraturpreis and New York Public Library's annual list of best Children's Books.He also writes his own books, 'The Invincible Tony Spears' and the bestselling 'Mammoth Academy' Series. His books are currently in print in more than 16 languages worldwide. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.
David Lee Stone

David has been creating the world of Illmoor since he was ten years old. He works as a freelance writer for SFX magazine. He lives on the coast in Kent with his wife Chiara, and has a baby German Shepherd called Cher.
Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is a writer of crime and thriller novels for adults - winner of the Betty Trask Award, shortlisted for the CWA Dagger Awards and the Galaxy National Book Awards. He lives in Brighton with his wife and three children. Other than his family, reading is Simon's biggest passion. He also holds a black belt in karate, in which he trains daily. You can follow him on Twitter @Simon_Lelic.
Kiri Lightfoot

Kiri Lightfoot was born in 1980 in the UK and now lives in a tree house in Auckland, New Zealand - well a house surrounded by trees anyway. She lives there with her fiancé Gareth and her 1 year old daughter Sylvie. As a child Kiri wanted to be weather girl on the news. While this dream hasn't come true (and probably never will) many of her other ones have. She has always wanted to have a children's book published. Kiri has had a love of books since her father used to read a story in a different accent every night before bed. From Scottish to Indian, Irish, American, Australian - she never knew what to expect. As a student Kiri used to love part time babysitting work, not for the money but so she could sit and read all the kid's books on the shelf. Every Second Friday is Kiri's first book and one she is very proud of. It is based on her own childhood having time with her Dad after her parents separated. After studying journalism at University, Kiri went on to work in television doing scriptwriting, acting and production work. She is currently working part time in children's TV. Her other hobbies include playing football in the Auckland Women's League, practising yoga and hanging out at the beach.
Paul Linnet

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet have written a number of books together, including I Need a Wee! and the hilarious Supertato series. Sue and Paul's books have sold over 1 million copies, and won numerous prizes including the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award in 2016.
David Litchfield

David Litchfield first started to draw when he was very young, creating comics for his older brother and sister. Since then his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. David's first picture book The Bear and the Piano won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He lives in Bedfordshire.
Penny Little

After a high-flying career in PR and spending time as a full-time Mum, Penny has recently turned her hand to developing innovative publishing ideas for children and their parents.
Jamie Littler

Jamie is a St. Albans-based illustrator who graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008, and won a High Commendation in the Macmillan Children's Book Award in the same year. Since then Jamie has worked with many varied clients, and his debut children's book, 'MUM'S THE WORD', written by Timothy Knapman, is to be published by Hodder Children's Books in 2013.He is the creator, writer and illustrator of the on-going comic series 'COGG & SPROKIT' which is serialised in the Phoenix Comic, and his debut fiction series 'ATOMIC!', published by Scholastic Children's Books, written and created by Guy Bass, was released in 2012. When not trying to tame his un-naturally fast growing hair, he likes drawing, colouring in, cutting things out and sticking things in. Whatever medium he uses, Jamie tries to create a 'hand-made', organic and energetic feeling in his work. His interests are pretty wide and varied; although he does have a soft spot for wild animals and things that go bump in the night.Jamie is represented by Jodie Marsh at United Agents.Jamie Littler graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008. He has won a High Commendation Award at the Macmillan Children's Book Awards and is the creator of 'Cogg and Sprokit', which is serialised in the PHOENIX. He has worked on high-profile projects including The Famous Five. Follow him on Twitter @jamieillustrate or visit his website at http://jamielittler.co.uk/
Saci Lloyd

Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author and activist, Saci has held down a bewildering variety of non-jobs, including being a storyboard artist, a cartoonist, a singer in a band, an animator and a script editor for Camouflage Films. She recently stepped down as Head of Media at NewVIc, but continues her association with the East London college. Saci's first novel, The Carbon Diaries 2015, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and her third book, Momentum, was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Momentum is currently in development with Revelation Pictures. Visit her website at www.sacilloyd.com.
Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She was the managing editor of AfterEllen.com, with over half a million readers each month. In 2006, she was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for her writing about gender, race and sexuality. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.
Gill Lobel

Gill Lobel was born in Coventry. She went to Manchester University to read English, and then to Leicester to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been a teacher for most of her working life mainly teaching English in comprehensive schools. She has also worked with children with Special Educational Needs, and as a Home Tutor for sick or excluded children.Gill has now retired from full time teaching, although she still does some private tutoring, and spends most of her time writing. Her first book was Starlight (Tamarind), and in 2000 Orchard Books published Ellie and the Butterfly Kitten, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. This is a touching picture book about a close relationship between a small girl and her grandmother and the joy that being back with her own mother again brings. Gill's latest novel for Orchard Books is the gritty and thought-provoking story of the overweight Hazel and her battle with the beautiful school bully, Lauren. Both Hazel and Lauren discover there is more to each other than firsts meets the eye.When she is not writing Gill likes gardening, walking and a wide variety of arts and crafts.Gill lives in Leicester with her husband. She has two daughters, two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.
Jo Lodge

Jo Lodge is an illustrator and paper engineer and was greatly influenced by her artistic parents - her mother, Maureen Roffey, an illustrator, and her father Bernard Lodge, a graphic designer. Her first books were published by Rod Campbell and her boldly coloured animal characters have starred in a a wide range of books. Jo was nominated for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award in 2001, was finalist for the Sheffield Baby Book Award in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early years awards in 2010. She is perhaps best known for her Mr Croc books which have been a hit around the the world with sales exceeding 1 million copies. She lives in West Sussex with her husband and two sons. To find out more about Jo and her books, visit www.jolodge.com