After graduating from Oxford University, Debbie Thomas trained as a BBC radio journalist. She lived in Bangladesh and South Africa for ten years where she worked for aid agencies. She now lives in County Kildare with her husband and three daughters and has written four books for children: the Abbie Hartley trilogy and Class Act. She is the Writer in Residence at Crumlin Children's Hospital and a board member of the Irish section of IBBY (the International Board on Books for Young People). She runs workshops for children in creative writing and development education and is a director of a charity supporting people with leprosy in Nepal.