Julie Hearn has been writing all her life. After training as a journalist, she went to Australia, where she worked on a daily tabloid newspaper. She lived in Spain for a while before returning to England, where she worked as a features editor and freelance features writer. After her daughter was born she went back to her studies and obtained a BA in English and a MSt in women's studies. Julie's books have been shortlisted for many awards including the Carnegie Medal, the Branford Boase Award, the Waterstones Book Prize, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.