Anna Cynthia Leplar
Anna Leplar lives in Iceland with her husband and son. She originally trained as a fine artist and has worked for a number of publishers illustrating in black and white and colour. Her most recent commission has been the major DK Bible.
Saviour Pirotta is an award-winning author who has written many books for children, ranging from folktale and fiction to factual books. His Frances Lincoln picture books, Joy to the World and Turtle Bay have won numerous awards and been translated into several languages. He has retold several stories for Orchard, including the popular The Sleeping Princess and Other Fairy Tales from Grimm and The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths. Saviour lives in Brighton. Jan Lewis has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years, ranging from board books to young fiction. Her most successful title is the best-selling Orchard novelty book, The Secret Princess Handbook. She also illustrated a delightful series of board books for Orchard, based on popular nursery rhymes and Christmas carols, which sell consistently well each year. Jan lives in Berkshire.
Gill Lobel was born in Coventry. She went to Manchester University to read English, and then to Leicester to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been a teacher for most of her working life mainly teaching English in comprehensive schools. She has also worked with children with Special Educational Needs, and as a Home Tutor for sick or excluded children.Gill has now retired from full time teaching, although she still does some private tutoring, and spends most of her time writing. Her first book was Starlight (Tamarind), and in 2000 Orchard Books published Ellie and the Butterfly Kitten, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. This is a touching picture book about a close relationship between a small girl and her grandmother and the joy that being back with her own mother again brings. Gill's latest novel for Orchard Books is the gritty and thought-provoking story of the overweight Hazel and her battle with the beautiful school bully, Lauren. Both Hazel and Lauren discover there is more to each other than firsts meets the eye.When she is not writing Gill likes gardening, walking and a wide variety of arts and crafts.Gill lives in Leicester with her husband. She has two daughters, two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren.