Junissa Bianda moved to San Francisco from her hometown in Indonesia to study for her masters' degree. She studied illustration for children's books at the Academy of Art University and later joined the New York and London based art agency, Astound. Junissa is passionate about Illustrating, she loves creating whimsical and colourful illustrations for kids. Now settled back in Indonesia, in her spare time she gets involved in social campaigns as their lead graphic designer and also works as an illustration consultant. Grateful to have support from loved ones, she's able to put her best efforts into her work.
Rosemary's first book for children "Alpaca" sold over a million copies. There were three further stories featuring the toy rabbit and two about the adventures of a boy called Ben.She has worked as a children's nurse and in over twenty theatres all over the UK, doing a variety of jobs from acting to archives, singing to stage management and box office to press office.
Rachel Billington was the fifth of eight brothers and sisters and has four children herself. She has published 16 adult novels, of which A WOMAN'S AGE was a bestseller, and 7 children's books. Until recently she was president of the writers' organisation PEN. She is also co-editor of the only national newspaper for prisoners, INSIDE TIME. She spends part of her time in Dorset and part in London.
Jane Bingham is an experienced children's author and editor. She specializes in history and contemporary issues.
Hettie loves to write about interesting people. She also writes stories and songs for children of all ages. She has raised three strapping lads and lives in Teddington, England with her husband and youngest son. She enjoys eating cheesecake and likes to dance while she cooks - usually to something jazzy.
Beverley was born in London, grew up in Kenya and came to Britain for the first time to take A levels. She graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Sociology. After travelling in Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East, Beverley joined Penguin as an editor. Since then she has continued to work in publishing - at present she combines writing and working as an editor here at Hodder. She has two daughters and is married to photographer Nick Birch.
James was born in Oxfordshire - he is proud that after 32 years, he has moved one town over from where he was raised (although he does still feel homesick).Previous work includes writing credits on Diddy TV and Gigglebiz, as well as "successfully" convincing 90's pop act Hanson to play at his wedding. Well, they didn't actually play, but they sent him on a honeymoon to Jamaica which James thinks is even better.James spends his spare time thinking of inventive ways to engineer more spare time for himself ... so far unsuccessfully.
Born in Estonia, Aleksei loved to draw as a child and doodled all over his school books. Although he originally intended to become a teacher, his extensive travels brought him back to art. Aleksei studied illustration in London at LCC and Camberwell, where he received his masters degree. Influences on his quirky, humorous illustrations include Tove Jansson and Russian animators. He lives in London with his wife and son.
Holly Black is the co-creator of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. A NEW YORK TIMES No. 1 bestselling phenomenon, the series has been described as 'vintage Victorian fantasy' and has been made into a hugely successful film. The books have been translated into 32 languages. Holly Black lives with her husband in Massachusetts.For more information, please visit Holly's website www.blackholly.com, read her Livejournal at http://blackholly.livejournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hollyblack and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hollyblack, and like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HollyBlackFan.
Sophie Blackall is the illustrator of many picture books, including Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear - winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal. She lives with her family in New York, but keeps an eye on lighthouses for sale, just in case.
After leaving Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, Andy disappointed nearly everyone by joining a rock band.The band disappointed the record buying public and he moved to Amsterdam where he was employed to realise the questionable ambitions of visiting American musicians.He returned to London to become a music publisher and then a professional skateboarder.His friend the editor Susan Hill encouraged him to write and there followed a number of books on implausibly disparate subjects. He won the Independent/Scholastic Children's Story of the Year competition with Spare Bear, which involved drinking champagne with Andrew Marr (the awards ceremony, not the story). Since then he has written over twenty titles, mainly for younger children and including the Little Joe trilogy.He is also the author of books on scuba diving and ultra-marathon running, as well as a (not very) grown-up novel, Accrual World.However, his most likely qualification for immortality so far is the advertising jingle, Um Bongo, Um Bongo, they drink it in the Congo.Andy invented the NatWest Piggies, has run across the Sahara Desert, ridden horses through the Atlas Mountains and these days tries to suppress an unhealthy interest in fast motorcycles.He is a mitra with the Triratna Buddhist Community, teaching meditation to prisoners in a high-security prison. He lives in the country with his wife, an English teacher, and their daughter.
After leaving school Malorie Blackman studied computer science and after ten years working in that profession she decided she'd had enough of bits, bytes and debugging and had found something she wanted to do more - writing! Malorie joined writing classes at the City Lit and spent every spare moment writing, writing and writing. Eighty-two rejection slips later she had her first short story accepted for publication.Malorie cites one of her reasons for writing as the fact that there are so few books featuring a black child as the main character - she wanted to redress the balance and has been doing so ever since.For Orchard Books, Malorie has written Elaine, You're a Brat and the Puzzle Planet series of books in the Super Crunchie range. Malorie's first full-length novel Hacker (Corgi) won WH Smith's Mind Boggling Books Award in 1994 and since then her writing has gone from strength-to-strength.
Sage Blackwood worked for many years as a teacher in Alaska, and now writes full-time. Jinx: The Wizard's Apprentice is her first fantasy novel.
Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk
Jon has had a wide variety of jobs, working as a teacher, a university lecturer and even a dustman. His first story was published in 1984 and he has been writing ever since. He has now published over forty books. He lives in Wales, has a pet cat and his favourite food is guacamole.
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master's degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn't make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.
Philip Blake grew up in the West Country and was educated at Oxford University. He has worked in publishing as a writer and editor for more than thirty years, during which time he has specialised in books on historical subjects and religions.
Quentin Blake was born in 1932. He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School before studying English at Downing College, Cambridge. After National Service he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.
He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and Roald Dahl, as well as creating much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.
His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books.
Described by The Guardian, as 'a national institution', in 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature.
Susannah Blake has travelled all over the world - from Pakistan to Prague and from Thailand to Texas - and enjoys drawing on these experiences for her work. She has written many cookbooks and her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Nick Bland's first picture book was published in 2001 and he is one of the key sellers on Scholastic's picture book list. He lives in Darwin and works full time as an author/illustrator. At weekends he works as a guardian for 120 aboriginal boys from around Northern Australia.