After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in west London. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages.
Anna Mazzola’s first short story was published in an anthology when she was twelve but she didn’t start writing again until 2011, while on maternity leave with her first child. Having read English at Cambridge, she had ideas of going into journalism, but then studied law. In 2013, she attended a creative writing course at City Lit, and was accepted on the ‘Novel Studio’ programme at City University. It was as a result of the anthology sent out at the end of that course that she secured her agent
Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1991. Her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter, won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Times described it as ‘A dark, tense, gripping first novel, peeling back layers of Nigerian society’. Chibundu’s second novel, Welcome to Lagos, returns to Nigeria and is a powerful and provocative portrait of the country. Chibundu regularly writes comment pieces for the Guardian, and is completing a PhD on the West African Student’s Union at King’s College London.
Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008. The Dry is her first novel.
Judd Winick grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and watching Loony Tunes. Today Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cats, Chaka and Sleestak. When Judd isn't collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League and Star Wars.
Erica Ferencik is a Massachusetts-based novelist and screenwriter. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Boston University and has taught writing for years. Her essays have been featured in Salon, the Boston Globe and on National Public Radio.
Maria Turtschaninoff was born in 1977, has been writing fairy tales since she was five and is now the author of many books about magical worlds. She has won a number of literary prizes in Finland and Sweden and was recently nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017 and the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Maresi is the first book in the three-part Red Abbey Chronicles, a highly acclaimed feminist fantasy adventure series which has been compared to the books of Ursula K. le Guin and Philip Pullman. The Red Abbey Chronicles will continue in 2017 with Naondel.