Alison Jean Lester was born in the United States and has variously grown up, studied, worked, written and raised her two children in the US, the UK, China, Italy, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
It was Japan where she really started to concentrate on her writing. She currently lives with her family in Singapore. Lillian quotes 'When life is challenging, there's more the write about'.
Jo Williamson has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and How to be a Dog is her first picture book. Jo worked for many years in London as a fashion designer, but always dreamed of being an illustrator.
Jo graduated in 2014 and now spends most of her spare time creating characters and illustrating picture books.
Rosie Millard is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. She was the BBC Arts Correspondent for ten years, since when she has been a profile writer at The Sunday Times, columnist for The Independent, arts editor of The New Statesman, theatre critic and feature writer. She makes TV and radio documentaries and appears as a commentator for a number of national TV shows. She is Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017.
Ruth Ware grew up in Lewes, in East Sussex. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in north London.
Married, with two small children, she has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer.
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