Justin Somper began his career as a writer/editor for Usborne. He then worked for Puffin Books as a publicist before moving to Random House as Children's Publicity Director in 1996. In 1998, Justin broke free to become one of the UK's first specialist children's book publicists. He has since worked with Anthony Horowitz, Louise Rennison, the Roald Dahl literary estate and the Narnia literary estate amongst others. He is also a bestselling author in his own right. His debut series, Vampirates, has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone. Justin lives in London.