Lil Chase has a first class degree in Creative Writing and works as an editor in London. Having been a pub cook and even suffered a brief stint in Disneyland Paris, she settled on a career in her first love - telling stories. BOYS FOR BEGINNERS started its life as a novel, written in pencil, complete with drawings, when Lil was just 11. Lil lives with Stella - a fox crossed with a rat, who masquerades as a dog. Visit her online at www.lilchase.com.
Olivia Chase is the pseudonym for Rosie Best. A writer, editor, nerd and procrastinator, Rosie has three cats called Midnight, Misty and Imp, and loves singing, video games and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She's written lots of fiction for younger readers, as well as the YA novels, Skulk, Demon Hunters: Trinity and Demon Hunters: Ascension. You can find her on Twitter: @rosiejbest
E. J. Clarke
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.
Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, the books of the Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms, and the companion books The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales and The Curvy Tree.
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels for adults, including Meet Me at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery. When Neil the puffin from Little Beach Street Bakery caught her readers' attention, Jenny knew she needed a story of his own - and so the idea for Polly and the Puffin was born.Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.
E. Coombe has travelled the world, exploring the myths of different countries. She is the author of many successful children's books and games, which she has licensed and sold through Mattel, Pancake Press, Funtastic and Lansdowne, and in 2000 was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Canberra University for her contribution to children's literature and games. She is the author of the FARAWAY FAIRIES series (as Eleanor Coombe) and the DRAGON BLOOD PIRATES series (as Dan Jerris).
Lachlan Creagh is a versatile and talented illustrator, concept designer and animator based in Brisbane. His books include WOMBAT WENT A' WALKING, WOMBAT WENT A' RACING, WOMBAT'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE, WOMBAT JUMPED OVER THE MOON, A VERY WOMBAT CHRISTMAS, THE LITTLE BAD WOLF and DINOSAUR ROCKS, as well as the Little Mates series (Scholastic). Visit him at lach-land.com
Phil Cummings has written many picture books and children's novels, include BOOM BAH, ANZAC BISCUITS and NIGHT WATCH. He is an ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge in South Australia.