Jane Lacey was a primary school teacher for ten years before she became a full-time writer of non-fiction books for children between the ages of three and eleven.
After a few years at Penguin long ago, I went freelance and have scraped along ever since. Much of my work is non-fiction for children, and most of this has been focussed on history and similar areas. I have had well over 200 books published on everything from Ian Botham and Genghis Khan to the Renaissance and the atomic bomb. I have also written quite a few grown-up books, mostly on whisky and food. My children's books have been shortlisted for several awards, including the TES and the Royal Society.
Anne-Marie Laval was born in the Dordogne region of France but has lived in north London since her early twenties. She has taught French and cookery and enjoys working with young people. She has travelled around France extensively.
Karina enjoys a varied career in education as a primary teacher, writer, editor and literacy consultant. She is the author of over 80 titles including children's fiction, non-fiction and educational/literacy resources. While her children were very young, she gained an MA in prose fiction creative writing.
JACQUI LEE graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design. She started her freelance illustration career in Vancouver, and branched into children's book illustration with the Murilla Gorilla series. Jacqui is currently living in London.
A New York Times Best-selling Graphic Novelist, Tony Lee was born in West London, UK in 1970. Informed by a teacher that he had a comic book style of writing, (a comment meant more as an insult), Tony decided that one day he would write for comics.Tony has written for a variety of mediums including Radio 4, The BBC, commerical television in both the UK and US, magazines and both local and national newspapers. Since 2002, he has written for a variety of publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics/Zuda, Games Workshop, Panini Comics, Titan Publishing, AAM/Markosia Enterprises, Rebellion/2000ad and IDW Publishing amongst others, writing a variety of creator owned titles and licenses that include X-Men, Spider Man, Doctor Who, Starship Troopers, Wallace & Gromit and Shrek.He is the writer of the ongoing Doctor Who series of comics from IDW, beginning in July 2009, and his award nominated, creator-owned miniseries Hope Falls was collected by AAM/Markosia in May 2009. His next book with them, From The Pages Of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': Harker, was released in November 2009 to critical acclaim.Added to this, Tony adapted Pride & Prejudice & Zombies into a graphic novel for Del Rey Publishing, with art by Cliff Richards - this was a New York Times #1 Bestselling Paperback Graphic Novel for May 2010 - he is also adapting Anthony Horowitz's Power of Five series into graphic format for Walker Books, the first - Raven's Gate is due out in late 2010, and he has adapted four Horowitz Horror books with Dan Boultwood for Hachette Children's Books.His other book with Walker Books, Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood (drawn by Sam Hart) was released in 2009 and has already been awarded a Junior Library Guild: Fall 2009 Selection, and 'best for 2010' awards from both the American Library Association and the New York Public Library in the USA, among others. In March 2010 it was announced that it was also a finalist for the Children's Choice Book Awards.
Liz Lennon is a writer who specialises in children's non-fiction. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and young daughter, who is the best critic of her mum's work.
I worked as an illustrator in advertising and publishing during the 80's. My clients included Saatchi and Saatchi, Y&R and Dorlands. I then worked as a Producer/Director in animation for the next 25 years. I worked with Disney, ITV, TF1, amongst others. In the past 5 years I have got back into illustration and loving it. I enjoy the book publishing business as well as magazine work and promotional illustration.
Daniel Loxton is a writer and illustrator who specializes in science and critical thinking publications - especially for young readers. He is the editor of Junior Skeptic, the children's science section of Skeptic magazine.
Dan Lyndon has been teaching for over 15 years, and is former head of history at Henry Compton School, London. He is a member of the Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA).