I used to write for newspapers and radio, and stuck to "the facts", but began writing fiction when I dared to think I could do it. I am still learning!I worked with children and families for many years and learned a lot from them. Nowadays I live in Devon, and keep animals - seven sheep and two dogs. I can almost see the sea from our house, and I love being on the water - sailing, rowing my boat and even swimming - but it's usually too cold!I like travelling, meeting people and eating interesting food. I once spent the night in a dog kennel - but that is another story.
Mwenye Hadithi was born in Nairobi in a rambling brick and wood house surrounded by ten acres. His early life was full of animals. He attended London University, studying languages and foreign literature. When his first attempts at short stories and radio plays were sold immediately, he decided to be the next great African Writer.
Ann Halam is the penname of Gwyneth Jones, who also writes science fiction and fantasy for adults. She was born and raised in Manchester, and after graduating from Sussex University spent some years travelling throughout South East Asia. She now lives in Brighton with her husband and son, but spends as much time as she can heading off on adventurous travels.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author, known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous awards and accolades. Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her 'significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature'. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.
Charlotte Haptie has wanted to be a writer since she was seven, but has had a number of more sensible jobs in between. Her first literary success and only publication before Otto and the Flying Twins was the sale of an idea for a Valentine's card. She was brought up in Buckinghamshire and Merseyside, and now lives in Scotland.
Robyn Hardyman is a highly experienced book author and editor. She has written a variety of titles for children and her subjects include outdoor adventure books, social sciences and literacy. Robyn is married with children and lives and works in Oxford.
Sharon Harmer lives and works on the south coast of England. She has been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years, working mainly in children's publishing and art licensing.She has illustrated over 50 children's books from pre-school, board and novelty books, educational and picture books. Clients include: Little Tiger Press, Ladybird, Lerner, Miles Kelly, Marks & Spencer, OUP, Pearson, Pat-a-Cake, Parragon, and Simon & Schuster.
Poppy Harper knows a thing or two about brothers. About sisters too for that matter! Her big, boisterous family provided endless inspiration for Maisie Mae. Though she's glad to say that none of her siblings ever put worms in her lunchbox...
Tim Harris has been fascinated by all aspects of the natural world since a young age. After studying Norwegian glaciers at university, his quest for wildlife has seen him explore the giant dunes of the Namib Desert, climb the slopes of Popocatapetl in Mexico, camp in the Sumatran rainforest, and search the frozen Sea of Okhotsk for sea-eagles. Tim has written books about nature and the environment for both children and adults, including the award-winning Migration Hotspots: the World's Best Bird Migration Sites. Apart from birds, his special interests are bats, moths, glaciers, and the weather.
Jo Harrison is an illustrator and a designer. Among other high-profile projects, she illustrated Girl Up and campaigns for Women's Aid and No More Page Three.
Kate Harrison writes fiction and non-fiction: her novels include The Secret Shopper's Revenge, Brown Owl's Guide to Life and the Soul Beach thriller trilogy. She's also the author of the bestselling The 5:2 Diet Book, plus three other 5:2 Books. A former TV journalist, Kate lives in Brighton. kate-harrison.com Visit Kate's website at kate-harrison.com, follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/katewritesbooks and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/katewritesbooks and watch her Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL961FBF0F8A8CE2B2&feature=view_all. Visit the Soul Beachwebsite at http://www.soulbeach.org, the Soul Fire website at http://burningtruths.com and follow Soul Beach on Twitter at https://twitter.com/onsoulbeach and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/katewritesbooks/the-dream-soul-beach-cast-list. Learn more with http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=auJWC-o-RiY.
Paul was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in County Durham. This left him with an accent that people find trustworthy, surveys have confirmed. It also left him with an allegiance to Newcastle United football club. Newcastle won their last major trophy months before he was born. In bleak moments, he wonders if this is his fault.After a degree in Southampton he worked in a variety of different jobs with mixed success. He's been a labourer for a roofer (rubbish), a labourer for a builder (he was keen, but rubbish), a waiter (really rubbish) and a barman (merely adequate). He's sold double glazing (rubbish), toys (not bad), and garden furniture (all right at that). Somehow he never got sacked-it must have been that trustworthy accent. Since then he's been a children's books editor (not bad at that, actually) and now he writes them for what may loosely be described as a living.Paul lives with his wife and two children in West Sussex.
Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1
Miranda Hart is an award-winning writer, actress and comedian. Her books written for adults have all been bestselling hits. Miranda's hugely successful sitcom, MIRANDA, ran on the BBC for 7 years, regularly pulling in over 9 million viewers and winning several awards. Miranda herself has won and been nominated for many awards, including a BAFTA nomination for her performance in BBC1's CALL THE MIDWIFE. In 2017 Miranda made her West End theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in ANNIE. And these are the things that make Miranda smile: blue skies, birdsong, beaches, picnics, dancing (even in the rain), board games (not in the rain), other people smiling.
Simon Hart has been a sports journalist for more than 20 years and has reported from five Summer Olympic Games.
Damian Harvey lives in North Wales with his lovely wife, Vicky. He has three wonderful daughters, one brilliant boy and a cat called Polly. He has written more than 60 books for children and is busy writing more. Although Damian loves sitting at home writing stories, he also loves visiting schools and libraries where he shares stories, talks about writing and generally gets people excited about books and reading. You can find out more about Damian by visiting www.damianharvey.co.uk.
I grew up in the North East of England in a family that loved telling stories and making music. By the time I left school I had decided to be both a writer and the lead singer in a rock band. I never got to be a rock star, but happily I did get to be a writer. Most of my stories are make-believe, but others are true - like the time I really did dig up a skeleton in the garden! Being a writer is exciting, especially when a new character unexpectedly arrives in my mind and sparks off a new story. It's then that the fun begins...
Eleanor Hawken has a degree in Philosophy, and worked as a children's books editor in London and in Bath. She was also part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. She devised the fiction series Will Solvit and has written books under the pseudonym Zed Storm. Eleanor lives in Surrey.
Sam Hawksmoor is a former Course Leader for two MA in Creative Writing programmes, joint editor of the long runnning web magazine - http://www.hackwriters.com and has lived in Canada, France, USA and the UK - sometimes travel writing - sometimes teaching or when absolutely broke panning for gold in BC. (It's way harder than you think.) Under a pseudonym he has written historical novels set in the American West (Diamonds - the Rush of '72) as well as contemporary thrillers set in Canada, but now concentrates on YA fiction because that's the most fun in writing today. His favourite writers are Paulo Bacigalupi, Carrie Mac, Raymond Chandler and Philip K Dick and it's far to hard to pick out favourite movies but Nine (The sock puppet Armaggedon one), Bladerunner, Hot Tub Time Machine stand out (OK he meant High Fidelity but secretly HTTM is more fun). His favourite place is Vancouver, BC and his best beach is Llandudno in Cape Town and yes, he loves Bat for Lashes and The Pierces.The Repossession is joint winner of The Wirral Paperback of the Year and Bronze Winner of the Sussex Amazing Book Award. It was also shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award.Check out Sam's website: http://www.samhawksmoor.com/index.html
Sam Hay is the author of some 30 books for children of all ages. She has written in many different genres from funny ghost novels and animal short stories to early readers and activity story books. Sam is a former television journalist who now works closely with primary school children, visiting schools to encourage literacy. She lives in Wales with her husband and kids. Find out more about her at: www.samhayauthor.com