Mark grew up in Croydon and currently lives in London, following excursions to Bangor University and to the fine city of Norwich. He is a voracious reader of books, and is happiest when writing stories, listening to live music, exploring the countryside, contemplating the universe and eating peanut butter on crumpets. Dylan and the Deadly Dimension was long listed for Pan Macmillan’s Write Now Prize and is his debut children’s novel.
Emily grew up in Essex. She left school at sixteen and worked in various shops and call centres where she jotted down ideas for short stories on scraps of till roll. She studied creative writing at London Metropolitan University and graduated with a first class honours degree. Her poetry and short stories have been published both online and in magazines.
Sue has written around 80 books for a variety of age groups. She is best known for her multi-million selling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies and Magic Bunny series – for readers aged 5-8 years. While very sweet and magical, these books deal with real issues too, like bullying, loneliness, integration, dealing with the death of a pet – and the books reflect the diversity of modern culture.
We Other is Sue’s first book for Teen Plus readers – although adults will enjoy it too. Fans of her original Magic Kitten books, now in their teens will love We Other, where gritty reality sits side by side with fantasy. Sue says, ‘In We Other I’ve built a magical world that has elements of the fairy books I love – but with a modern twist and outlook that is entirely my own. I have lived with Jess Morgan, the main character; Ivy Stark painter of nightmare scenes; Caleb Farmer who is trying to break away from a domineering father, and the many, many others in the book – both human and otherwise, for about 3 years. And I love everyone of them – faults and all.’
Mikka spent her childhood in Denmark and most of her life in London. She has written two novels for adults, Gabriel’s Bureau and The Dream Maker, both published by Dedalus. She has also translated a nineteenth century Danish novel, Marie Grubbe by Jens Peter Jacobsen. She has always had an interest in stories and she is an avid collector of puppets and masks from around the world. Her debut book for children, Maxim’s All Night Diner is about witches and trolls.
‘As a Dane, I have always had a special interest in trolls, but at the moment I’m working on a collection of ghost stories from around the world. I recently visited Myanmar where I listened to some awesome tales of ghosts wild for revenge on the world they left behind.’
Miranda Twist grew up in the Scottish Highlands. At university she studied Archaeology and Anthropology and ran the mythopoeic society. Once in a Blue Moon is her first book for children. ‘I am a poet and a story teller. I began as a poet, writing my first poem when I was just six. Then I fell in love with stories and the magic of words. I like to paint with words in new and interesting ways that take the reader by surprise. You may find something funny and something really creepy side by side.’
Karen has over 25 years experience in illustration for trade and educational publishing, editorial, advertising, and information campaigns. She has illustrated numerous books for children, among them Withering Tights and Midsummer Tights by Louise Rennison
Humour, drama, fact or fiction, Karen enjoys fresh challenges and new ideas.
Stephanie von Reiswitz
Stephanie is an artist and illustrator with a penchant for the mysterious and the darkly funny. Educated in Brussels and London, she graduated from Central St Martin’s in 2001.
Her work tends includes pictures, comics, murals, animation, and installations. As a core member of London art collective LE GUN, as well as independently, she has widely exhibited in the UK, Europe, the US, Japan, and China. She lives and works in London.
Favourite things include Negroni cocktails, bookshops, old cinemas, dingy harbour bars, forests, beaches, and cemeteries. In her spare time she can be found taking part in sinister theatrical events, or playing in various musical ensembles and circumstances.