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Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree, followed by health service management. When her children were born she finally returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. Re-discovering a love of children's books while reading to her daughters, she decided to turn her hand to writing them - and has now published over twenty books for children, including picture books and junior fiction. Writing is her full-time job, but also her favourite activity. She also enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and being in the country. Her favourite children's books include Walk Two Moons, The Selfish Giant, Cosmic, and Someone Else's Life. She loves watching cosy sentimental films, such as You've Got Mail, Return to Me, and While You Were Sleeping, as well as classic old films starring Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Doris Day. Elizabeth is married, with three daughters, and lives in a village in West Sussex. Her daughters, Katie and Jenny, are also children's authors with Hachette.
Katie Dale

Katie Dale had her first poem 'The Fate of The School Hamster' published in The Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry, aged 8 and hasn't stopped writing since. On graduating, she went travelling through South-East Asia - only to discover whilst in a Vietnam internet cafe that she was a winner of the SCBWI 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition.
Gitty Daneshvari

As a child Gitty Daneshvari talked and talked and talked. Whether yammering at her sister through a closed door or bombarding her parents with questions while they attempted to sleep, she absolutely refused to stop chattering until finally there was no one left to listen. In need of an outlet for her thoughts, Gitty began writing and she hasn't stopped since.Gitty is the author of the middle grade series SCHOOL OF FEAR, SCHOOL OF FEAR 2: CLASS IS NOT DISMISSED and SCHOOL OF FEAR 3: THE FINAL EXAM. She currently lives in New York City with her highly literate English bulldog Harriet. And yes she still talks too much.
Lucy Daniels

Lucy Daniels is the creator of the bestselling Animal Ark series, which has sold more than 2 1/2 million copies in the UK alone. Animal Ark is being relaunched for a new generation of animal lovers, with exciting brand-new adventures!
Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Pinkney is the author of many award-winning books for children. Many were collaborations with her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney. She is also an editor at Scholastic. They live in Brooklyn with their two children. Sean Qualls is the illustrator of a number of celebrated books for children
James Dawson

James Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of DOCTOR WHO. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing bands such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE. He is most proud of his work surrounding bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London.In his spare time, he still loves DOCTOR WHO and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. Visit his website at www.jamesdawsonbooks.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_jamesdawson and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/jamesdawson, like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jamesdawsonbooks, read his blog at http://jamesdawsonbooks.tumblr.com and watch his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamesdawsonbooks.
James Dawson

James Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of DOCTOR WHO. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing bands such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE. He is most proud of his work surrounding bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London.In his spare time, he still loves DOCTOR WHO and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. Visit his website at www.jamesdawsonbooks.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_jamesdawson and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/jamesdawson, like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jamesdawsonbooks, read his blog at http://jamesdawsonbooks.tumblr.com and watch his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamesdawsonbooks.
Clare De Marco

Clare lives in London with her husband, son and daughter. She is always sharing stories with young, and not so young, children.
David Dean

David Dean studied illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been working as an illustrator since 1999. He has to date created covers for nearly 40 books including Lauren St. John's THE WHITE GIRAFFE and DOLPHIN SONG (both Orion), as well as many other illustrations for books, magazines, CDs, posters and advertisements. He lives (with his cat) in Cheshire.
Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is in her early 30s. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with highest honours in creative writing, and she now teaches there. She has written five books to date, published by Viking in the US. Her books have all been chosen as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld is a debut picture book author, but she has illustrated a number of children's books, including Brooke Shields' WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD, BABY! and IT'S THE BEST DAY EVER, DAD! Cori lives in Minnesota with her husband and pink-loving daughter, Charli.
Penny Dolan

Penny Dolan is a children's writer and storyteller living in North Yorkshire. She is a popular speaker with both infant and junior children, and has visited many School Book Weeks and literacy events across the UK, with her enjoyable 'Author Talks' and lively story-telling sessions. She has also spoken and performed in libraries, bookshops, museums, art galleries, historic sites and outdoor locations, and has appeared on the children's programme of several literature festivals. She has a wide interest in children's books and has been Chair of the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Penny has a wide experience of schools. She was a primary advisory teacher for English and Drama but has been a freelance language arts worker for several years. She has also taught on residential writing courses for children, tutored both storytelling and writing courses for adults, and spoken at conferences. Penny has a degree in Education, specialising in Language and Literacy and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Drama. As well as working on her writing, Penny enjoys drawing, painting, reading, chatting and daydreaming. Her favourite colour is yellow. Her favourite food is strawberries-and-cream, and she is probably the world's slowest swimmer. She has three untidy desks, two grown-up children and one rather bad cat.
Joe Donnelly

Joe Donnelly, a former journalist, has previously published eight adult fantasy/horror stories (for RHPG and Penguin). He has an MPhil degree in American Studies. He lives in the west of Scotland. The Jack Flint books are his first foray into children's fiction.
Fiona Dunbar

Fiona Dunbar was born in Hertfordshire. She grew up trailing around jazz clubs with her jazz musician stepfather and left school when she was sixteen to go to Art College. Fiona was a regular at the Camden Palace, her and a friend would spend all Thursday night making their clothes for the Friday night's clubbing. When Fiona realised she wouldn't be a famous artist, she began a commercial art career in TV and advertising. After a stint doing illustration for Punch, which she really enjoyed, Fiona began illustrating for picture books by other authors. It was at this time that she met her lovely American lawyer husband Pano. After living in New York for a number of years, where her two children were born, Fiona settled back in North London and began to write for children instead of drawing for them!Fiona now lives in North London and is an active fundraiser for her children's primary school. She loves helping out with the Christmas pantomime and puts her eighties dressmaking skills to good use by making costumes! When she's not writing, painting or gardening, Fiona loves nothing better than to cook. Her creations might not be as magical as Lulu's but they bring just as much pleasure in the end!
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