Keith Mansfield has a background in publishing, having worked as a Publisher for the Pearson group and during five years with Oxford University Press. He is now a freelance writer and publisher
John Marsden is Australia's bestselling author for teenagers and a highly acclaimed picture book writer.
Anna McKerrow works on creative writing projects for the reading charity Booktrust, which is where she became interested in Young Adult fiction. She has also published four volumes of poetry and teaches creative writing in adult education. Anna is interested in all things magical and is a Reiki healer.
Eoin McNamee's first children's book THE NAVIGATOR has received critical acclaim in the US and the UK. His adult books have been shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize and twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has lived in London, Dublin and New York and is now settled in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland.
Gary Meehan was born in Bolton, Lancashire. He has a BA in Mathematics and Computation from Lincoln College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Warwick. He now works as a software engineer. He lives in Derby with his family.
A thirty-four year old artist living in Leicester. By day, Kelly works as an Assistant Manager, but always ensures she finds time to enjoy a good doodle! Over the years, Kelly has managed to develop her own unique style and has kept to her chosen traditional medium of pen and paper.
Carol Midgley is an award-winning journalist who has been a feature writer, reporter and columnist on The Times since 1996. She is a former winner of Feature Writer of the Year. My Family and Other Freaks is her first book. She lives in Liverpool with her family and the dog, Steve.
Sally Morgan read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, which was followed by several years of research into the restoration of derelict land. She is now a freelance writer and photographer. She has written more than 200 books on natural history and science topics, and has travelled extensively in search of the unusual and the exotic to capture on camera.