Jerry Spinelli started out wanting to be a cowboy. Luckily for young readers, he later decided to become a writer, even though he's still not sure he can call himself one (he does other things too, like picking berries and skipping stones).
After working with teenagers for more than a decade, Carla decided to start writing for and about them. Having had a lifelong obsession with dark literature, it only seemed natural to write stories that would thrill, scare and maybe make her readers think twice about reading alone in the dark. Carla lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children. She still enjoys working with teenagers, although she finds it harder and harder to understand why the music they like has to be quite so loud.
Sally Spray is an author of children's non-fiction books. She studied Early Years Education, then an MA in Children's Literature, and worked as a teacher before becoming an art director in children's publishing. Sally lives in the Cotswold countryside, and enjoys daily chats with her chickens, daughters and sometimes her husband, the illustrator Mark Ruffle. Her mission is to find out loads of interesting, really hard to understand stuff and pass it on to her readers as simply and concisely as possible.
Chris St John
Chris St John is a former British wrestling champion, and is now a regional organiser for the British Wrestling Association, coaching wrestlers of all ages and abilities.
Lauren St John
Lauren St John is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children's series THE WHITE GIRAFFE, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning LAURA MARLIN series and THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE trilogy. Her first adult novel, THE OBITUARY WRITER, was published in 2013. Lauren St John is one of the lead voices of Authors4 Oceans, a collective of 50 writers calling to ban the use of plastics in the book industry.Visit Lauren's website at www.laurenstjohn.com, like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Lauren-St-John/120957211278399 and follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohn
Lili St. Crow
Lili St Crow was born in New Mexico and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband, three children, and a houseful of cats. STRANGE ANGELS is her first YA novel.
Laurence Staig is an experienced author of children's books.
Keris was born in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved back to the UK when only four months old and then grew up on the Wirral. Working as a bookseller, usher at Wembley Stadium and PA to Bob Geldof, Keris finally sat down to write her first novel in 2004. She is also a freelance journalist and the co-editor of teen books blog, Chicklish.
Emer Stamp is the bestselling author of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and three follow-up books. She started out as a graphic designer before moving to a career in advertising, where, among her roles, she was Creative Director for the advertising agency behind the iconic John Lewis Christmas adverts. Daddy Fartypants is Emer's first children's picture book. She lives with her family in London.
Ali Standish, author of the critically acclaimed The Ethan I Was Before, split her time growing up between North Carolina and several imaginary worlds. The only award she ever won in school was for messiest desk, but that didn't stop her from going on to get degrees from Pomona College, Hollins University and the University of Cambridge. She still spends most of her time in her imagination, but you might just spot her walking her two rescue dogs with her Finnish husband around her neighbourhood in North Carolina. You can visit her online at www.alistandish.com.
Andy Stanton has written eight books about Mr Gum, along with further successful fiction and picture book titles. He was overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! and won the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear. He has twice won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book With Pictures, and been shortlisted for a host of other awards.
Lisa Stasse graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and English literature, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their one-year-old daughter.
Alison Steadman OBE is a national treasure. Her illustrious and wide-ranging career includes roles in Abigail's Party, Pride and Prejudice, Secrets & Lies and Gavin & Stacey.
Kaye Stearman has worked for international organizations in the field of human rights, minorities, health and development. She is also an experienced writer of children's books and has published titles on human rights and social issues.
Philip Steele is a leading writer of children's non-fiction books. He was born in Surrey, graduated from University College Durham and worked in London publishing houses. He then freelanced as a project manager, publishing consultant and author. He has written a wide range of books for Wayland, Watts, Dorling Kindersley, Kingfisher/Macmillan, Walker Books and many other publishers worldwide. History, biography, lands and peoples, the natural world, current affairs and social issues all feature prominently in his backlist. Philip has backpacked around Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. For many years he has been settled very happily amidst the mountains, beaches and green fields of North Wales. His wife (as a teacher) and his teenage daughter (as a secondary school pupil) are ideally suited to cast a critical eye over his work!
Dugald A. Steer
Dugald A. Steer is the creator of the DRAGONOLOGY books and has worked as an editor for Templar for many years before going freelance to write in 2005.
Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley in the critically acclaimed TV drama Downton Abbey. Television credits include Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Maxwell, Marple, Dracula, The Line of Beauty, Frankenstein and film credits include Hilde. Dan's theatre credits include Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, Hay Fever, The Romans in Britain, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. He has read numerous audiobooks including The Angel's Game and History of a Pleasure Seeker for Orion.
Ranked among Great Britain's most esteemed stage actresses, Juliet Stevenson also lends her talent to film and television productions. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she first made waves in classical theatre in the early '80s. Her most acclaimed film role was in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). Aside from starring in such films as Nicholas Nickleby and Bend It Like Beckham, she is a very experienced reader of audiobooks, having read titles from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She has also read I, Coriander and The Thirteenth Tale for Orion.
Louise K Stewart
Louise K Stewart studied women's writing atuniversity and did a Masters degree in Women andLiterature. She co-founded Aurora, a magazinefeaturing creative writing and illustrations bywomen, based in Liverpool. She then became anauthor, and has written more than 200 books foryoung people on a wide range of subjects.
David Stewart has written many non-fiction books for children. He lives in Brighton with his wife and young son.