Click on the image above to link to John Flanagan's website.
John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years.
John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was. John wanted to show him that reading was fun, and heroes weren’t necessarily big and muscular. Now in his mid-twenties, Michael is six feet tall, broad-shouldered and powerful – but he still loves The Ranger’s Apprentice.
Click on the image above to access Robert Muchamore's website.
Robert Muchamore was born in Islington, London in 1972. He still lives there, and worked as a private investigator up until 2005 and the critically-accepted release of Maximum Security. Robert was inspired to create the CHERUB series by his nephews' complaints about the lack of anything for them to read. CHERUB: The Recruit was Robert's first book and won the Red House Children's Book Award 2005 in the Older Readers Category.
Click on the image above to link to Suzanne Collins website.
Collins began her television writing career in 1991 after earning a degree from Indiana University with a double major in drama and telecommunications. She worked on a number of television productions for Nickelodeon such as Clarissa Explains It All (1991), Little Bear (1995) and Oswald (2001). She was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for her work in co-writing Santa, Baby! (2001), a well-received animated Christmas special. Said to be inspired in part by Alice in Wonderland, Collins' first book for middle schoolers, Gregor the Overlander (2003), was nominated for a Nutmeg Children's Book award. Between 2003 and 2007, Collins added 4 more titles to the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series before turning her attention to Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games. (IMDB 2013)
Click on the image above to link to Matthew Reilly's website
|Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading.|
|According to Matthew, ‘I actually disliked reading in my early high school years. I was given very dry old classics in Year 7 and it was only after I read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that I realised reading could transport you to another world. Once I figured that out, I went out and found all the action novels I could!’|
Following this revelation (and inspired by Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park) Matthew soon began creating stories of his own. And so he set about writing his first novel, Contest, at 19 while still at university studying law..
Click on the image above to link to Morris Gleitzman's website.
I can't remember much of my childhood. Just the best bits (books, corned beef and scoring goals) and the worst bits (sties, rhubarb and a stiff hamster).And the birthday morning I ran joyfully into the living room, tripped over my presents and sprained my elbow. (From Morris Gleitzman's Website - Click on his photo to enter the site!)
Click on the image above to link to Derek Landy's website.
Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Decade Award AND the Red House Children's Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, or that his third, The Faceless Ones, is his mother's personal favourite.
He lives in Ireland with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his kitchen floor because they think it's funny.