Anita Naik is a freelance writer and the author of 50 books, as well as being a mum of two. She is currently the agony aunt on Woman's Own magazine, and a contributor to a number of parenting sites, including the Huffington Post, writing about education, bullying, sex education and teenagers. She can be found tweeting @AnitaNaik or at www.anitanaik.co.uk.
Margaret Nash grew up in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, and, as a child, was always fascinated by a sense of place, whether in the mill or on the moors. She has worked as a children's librarian in London and the home counties, has two grown-up sons, and now lives in rural Bedfordshire with a lazy lovable cat.
Maria is an illustrator based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts and Design and Tomas Bata University in Czech Republic. Her award winning illustrations can be found mostly in children's books and magazines, however she has also worked with advertising agencies and non-profit organisations. To recharge and find inspiration she enjoys long hikes in the mountains, trips to the countryside, running and evenings spent with her family and friends.
Anna Nilsen is an international award winning children's author, illustrator and games devisor with 24 awards and over 100 publications. She has specialised in interactive concepts combining fun and education. She was raised in Switzerland and on her return trained at Edinburgh College of Art. She has taught all ages and was Head of Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design before moving to Cambridge as Head of Graphic Arts and Illustration. She was invited by Walker Books to develop children's puzzle books in 1990 and discovered a new and very successful career. She has gone on to work with international publishers around the world both writing and illustrating many successful titles, jigsaw puzzles, electronic games and board games. She now produces a wide range of Public Art Works.
Laura North is a children's book author who lives and works in London. Her first children's book was a retelling of 'Theseus and the Minotaur', one of her favourite myths. She has since written a series of fairy tales with a twist, including 'Cinderella: The Terrible Truth', 'The Princess and the Frozen Peas' and 'Hansel and Gretel and the Green Witch', with pictures by some extremely talented illustrators.
Liss Norton lives in a small village in rural West Sussex. She has an enormous garden where she grows organic fruit and veg and lots of flowers, and where she and her husband wage war on slugs! When Liss moved to her house, the garden had been badly neglected and she and her husband are gradually reviving it. They've had tons of concrete removed and have planted a small orchard, created raised vegetable beds and grown hundreds - or possibly thousands - of plants from seed. Their next project is to create a pond.Liss is the author of thirty-one books for children of all ages, and she's just been commissioned to write her thirty-second. She used to write short stories for adults and won lots of prizes in writing competitions, including £1,000 which she spent on a family holiday in California. She regularly visits schools to talk about her work and to encourage budding young writers. (She used to be a primary school teacher, and loves meeting children.)Liss's favourite book is 'Marigold in Godmother's House' by Joyce Lankester Brisley, a magical story about a girl who goes to stay with her fairy godmother. It was first published years ago before Liss was born, but she discovered it at her local library when she was a girl and borrowed it over and over again. She was delighted when it was re-published a few years ago and bought a copy straightaway.Liss works in the sunroom of her house. It has windows all around which look out over her garden. She thinks being an author is the best job in the world because she has so many adventures while sitting at her desk!