Lucy Courtenay worked in publishing for many years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She has contributed to a number of young fiction series, including Beast Quest. When not writing, she enjoys singing, reading and travel. Phil Alderson became an illustrator after his early aspirations to be a cool musician dwindled due to the premature loss of his hair in his twenties. Luckily, he was very good at drawing pictures, so he has enjoyed a more successful career in illustration. Phil now revels in being a totally uncool dad to his young daughter and no.1 fan.