Award-winning author, Etta Kaner, writes for both children and educators. While the majority of her children's books are non-fiction, some of her more recent books are a combination of fiction and non-fiction. While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books have been inspired by the elementary school students whom she teaches. Etta loves to interview experts in their fields with which she is unfamiliar. During these interviews she often accumulates more information than she needs for her book. When making a decision about what to include in the books she uses the 'wow' test. She tries to choose information that will make her readers say 'wow' when they read it.When she's not writing or teaching, Etta loves to spend time with her family, garden, read humorous or historical fiction books, dance, explore new places, go to live theatre and cook for company (but not all at the same time!).
Villie was born in Athens and studied illustration at Ornerakis School of Applied Art. Having worked as a children's book illustrator since 2008, she loves creating playful characters, interesting compositions and giving emphasis on colour, working often digitally, but also traditionally, with a fresh and whimsical style. Villie gets much inspiration from her cat, and also from life, experiences and dreams. Her favourite children's story is 'The Little Prince', by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Her lifetime ambition, is to own a horse - but she's happy to settle for cat - for the time being!!
American born Marilyn Kaye is an experienced teen and pre-teen novelist. She penned the best-selling series Replica in the late 1990s early 2000s as well as teen romance titles Runaway and Choose Me in the early 1990s. Her backlist titles are too numerous to mention but most recently she is best known for her paranormal romance series, Gifted. Marilyn now lives very glamorously in Paris!
Brian was born in London. His parents were Irish and he grew up listening to his mother's tales of the life she had left behind in Ireland. That was how he learned to love stories. He was sent to a very strict school where boys were beaten if they stepped out of line. He hated the place but he enjoyed English lessons because they gave him a chance to write down the stories that filled his head. He went to Liverpool University where he studied English and fell in love with a girl called Rosie. After leaving university he married Rosie and they had two children. By day he worked as a teacher, in the evenings he read stories to his children, and in the night he carried on writing his stories. When he had enough stories to make a book he sent them off to a publisher who offered to publish them. He immediately gave up his job to concentrate on writing. That was one of the silliest things he has ever done since he was totally broke for a very long time afterwards. But it was also one of the smartest things he has ever done because somehow he succeeded in making a career for himself as a writer. His favourite pastime is reading (though his favourite book changes all the time). His favourite city is Rome and he adores Italian food. His favourite journey is any one that finishes at home and his favourite sound is his grandson's voice on the telephoneBrian has won the Havering Best of the Best Award, a Lancashire Fabulous Book Award and he has been shortlisted for a the NASEN Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Children's Book Award, the North East Book Award and the Bedfordshire Children's Book Award. His novels have been translated into twelve languages.
Michael Keene is a former secondary school religious studies and sociology teacher and head of department. Now a full-time writer he has written extensively on religious education for all ages.
Mij Kelly had an extremely colourful and varied childhood house-hopping around the UK, not to mention skipping across to India as well. Mij has worked as a newspaper editor, an oral historian and now, a specialist journalist in artificial intelligence. Mij has two children. She won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first book in 1993 and One More Sheep won the English Association 4-11 years Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2004.
Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science education, as well as the author of the award-winning book Not Your Typical Book About the Environment and other books for both adults and children. She consults around the world on environmental projects, and loves to explore nature with kids wherever she goes.
Rob Kemp is a UK-based writer specialising in fatherhood and masculinity. Contributing to Men's Health, Father's Quarterly and the Times Educational Supplement, he is also the bestselling author of The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide and The New Dad's Survival Guide.@RobKemp_author
Kody Keplinger is the author of several books for young adult and middle grade readers, including the New York Times bestseller The DUFF, which was adapted as a major motion picture in 2015. She currently lives in New York City with her German Shepherd and two black cats. Kody teaches writing classes at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. You can find out more at her website, kodykeplinger.com, or on Twitter, @Kody_Keplinger.
Liz Kessler studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. After taking a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van, Liz now lives in Cornwall.Find out more at www.lizkessler.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @lizkesslerbooks and like her on Facebook at facebook.com/lizkesslerchildrensauthor.
Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials, fine sketching, and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces.
Dr John King is a freelance author and broadcaster who specializes in Middle East issues. He has written a book about the Middle East peace process - "Handshake in Washington" - and is completing a biography of the late King Hussein of Jordan.
Illustrator Sara Kipin is best known for her fantasy works portraying strong, self-empowered, feminine characters. Her style is inspired by early animation and romantic paintings. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives in Burbank, California.
Marta Kissi is a London based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favourite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her boyfriend and their pet plant Trevor.
Cindy Kleh has ridden a snowboard for over 25 years while living at the top of the Colorado Rockies. She has held the U.S. National Overall Snowboarding Title since 2008, and is the 2011 GS, Slalom, Boardercross, Superpipe and Slopestyle National Champion for women 50-59. Kleh writes, photographs and edits for Grand County Living and Nordic Ski Colorado magazines. Her first published book, Snowboarding Skills (2002), is a full-color instructional snowboarding book.
Hilary Koll is a part-time Mathematics Co-ordinator and teacher of children in Berkshire Primary school. She works as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Reading on undergraduate, post-graduate and in-service training courses.
Ann Kramer is an experienced children's author whose work focuses mainly on social issues. She has written for publishers such as Dorling Kindersley and Kingfisher. Books for Watts include titles in the 20th-Century History Makers, World War One and World War Two series.
Kendall Kulper was born and raised in northern New Jersey and studied History and Literature at Harvard University. After graduating, she worked as a journalist for Bloomberg Radio in New York for three years, before moving to Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband.
Dawn Kurtagich writes psychologically sinister fiction, where girls descend into madness, boys see monsters in men, and adults have something to hide. She lives in Wales, but grew up all over the world, predominantly in Africa. She writes and blogs for YA Scream Queens and is a member of the YA League. Well known and highly respected in the YA community, she tweets @dawnkurtagich and her website can be found at www.dawnkurtagich.com.
Hilli Kushnir (aka silly Hilli) is a children's illustrator living in NYC with one husband, two kids, four plants and a few house flies that are harder to keep track of. She loves pets (that belong to other people) almost as much as she loves coffee (that she drinks too much of) and riding the NYC subway. Hilli painted a lot as a child but as an adult majored in graphic design which is a bit like drawing but with shapes and letters. After graduating she designed a bunch of stuff for the internet, but when given the chance continued drawing, mainly characters. Today Hilli's focus is children's books which allow her to be a bit silly and less of a grown up. She loves using happy colours and her favourite subjects are cute animals or little kids with missing teeth and messy hair.