A former journalist, Janine Beacham has written all her life. She has always loved fairy tales and fantasy, and as a child would make up games for her friends to play at school. Janine once entered a competition where the prize was a real-life butler - which partly inspired the secret society of butlers in the Rose Raventhorpe Investigates series. Janine lives in Western Australia with her family.
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Rowan Oakwing came from an idea that popped into Ed's head and wouldn't leave until he wrote it down. He lives in North London and is married with two young daughters who would like to be fairies. He hopes this book will give them that chance. When he isn't writing books, Ed works as Head of Film and Television at Shoebox Films where his partners include the film director Joe Wright (Pan, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) and the venerable film producer, Paul Webster (Pan, Atonement, Eastern Promises). Shoebox's most recent film was the critically acclaimed Locke starring Tom Hardy on which Ed was a Development Producer.
Peter Gouldthorpe was born in Melbourne in 1954 and now lives in Tasmania. He is recognised as one of Australia's most versatile and skilful illustrators, who also paints landscapes, portraits and commissioned work, and designs stage sets.
Sam Hearn started illustrating children's books around 2003, when he drew pictures for Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates, written by Richard Hamilton. More recent titles include Hero and the Sinking Ships by Richard Hamilton, the Charlie series by Hilary Mckay, and Meerkat Madness by Ian Whybrow. Sam lives in West London and works with a bunch of creative types in a rickety old studio near the river Thames.
Alison Lochel, for as long as she can remember, aspired to be an author. At the age of fourteen, she began writing the first book in the ZARKORA series, THE FYRELIT TRAGEDY, along with her brother, Nicholas. Her passion for writing continues to this day as the four-book series nears its completion. She has a cupboard full of dragons, and has been known to read for long periods of time - so long, in fact, that she is often coated by a thin layer of dust. Achoo! For more information, visit www.zarkora.com and facebook.com/zarkora
Nicholas Lochel grew up in Brisbane, Australia, along with his two brothers and sister, Alison, with whom he is co-writing the ZARKORA series. It was the close bond he shared with his siblings that first inspired the story. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including work as an actor, a bartender and a postie, but his love for stories, and the pursuit of a career as an author, has remained constant throughout. He devotes most of his time to writing, and when he is not seen with a pen and paper or a good book, he can usually be found riding his Triumph motorcycle about town or on some grand adventure. For more information, visit www.zarkora.com and facebook.com/zarkora, or follow Nicholas on twitter: @NicholasLochel
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Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series and The Magic Potions Shop books. She has a life-long love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.
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Junko Morimoto was born in Hiroshima in 1932 and came to Australia in 1982. She is the award-winning author and illustrator of Kojuro and the Bear, The Two Bullies, The Inch Boy and the powerful contemporary classic, My Hiroshima.
Matt Ottley is one of Australia's most acclaimed children's author/illustrators and his works have been translated into several languages. He also works as a composer and musician. Matt's works include WHAT FAUST SAW, LUKE'S WAY OF LOOKING (CBCA Honour Book, 2000), REQUIEM FOR A BEAST (CBCA Picture Book of the Year and Queensland Premier's Award for YA Fiction 2008), HOME AND AWAY (CBCA Honour Book 2009) and PARACHUTE (CBCA Honour Book 2014).
Frankie Fox, Girl Spy is the exciting new series from Yvette Poshoglian, author of the Ella and Olivia series (Scholastic). A high school English teacher, she also runs creative writing workshops at Google Helpouts, consults to publishers and educational organisations on literacy, communications and information technology, and speaks at writers' festivals, library events and schools. Yvette is based in Sydney, NSW. Visit her at yvetteposhoglian.com or facebook.com/yvetteposhoglianauthor or follow her on twitter.com/yvetteposh
Best-selling author, Suzanne Selfors, feels like a royal on some days and a rebel on others. She's written many books for kids, including the Smells Like Dog series and The Imaginary Veterinary series.She has two charming children and lives on a magical island kingdom where she hopes it is her destiny to write stories forever after.
J L Smith lives in Buckinghamshire with her family, and a West Highland terrier called Angus. She was born and brought up in Glasgow, and loved to write from a very young age.A friend once told her: 'You're funny, you should write funny'. So, that's exactly what she did and, inspired by her two sons idea of how to 'do posh', Cecil Trumpington-Potts was born - along with his panty wanty woos!She has appeared twice on Dave Gorman's radio comedy show Genius, and thinks humour is under-rated.
Kristin Weidenbach became a writer after completing postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the United States. She has won several international awards for her writing and her articles have appeared in SCIENCE, AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC and academic publications. She is the author of THE MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK and the children's picture book, TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN, illustrated by Timothy Ide, and winner of the Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award, 2013.