Maverick Authors

Our authors are an essential part of our team and, of course, we wouldn’t be able to publish children’s books without them!  We work closely with our authors when we are putting their book together and, when published, we like to continue to support them in the promotional side. Many of our authors do events in shops, schools and in festivals.  If you would like one of them to take part in an event you are organising then you can either contact them through their own websites or by emailing:


John Condon


John lives on the outskirts of London and is by day a Creative Director at a branding and packaging design agency. However, he spends his evenings and weekends generating ideas for picture book stories, which he hopes will continue to be published. His dream is be standing in his favourite bookshop and see someone picking his books off the shelf.

Author of: The Wondrous Dinosaurium

  • Location: London, UK
  • Website: Link

Dan Metcalf


From an early age Dan Metcalf knew exactly what he was going to be when he grew up – tall. This was achieved before he even got to secondary school and so another career was decided on. The life of a chocolate teapot salesman is however fairly temperamental and so he decided to move to a job which was comparatively reliable – a writer.

He has written for radio, screen and magazines but is best known as the author of The Lottie Lipton Adventures (although he is best known around where he lives as ‘That Weirdy Beardy Guy’). He is a full-time writer and his biggest ambition is write a major children’s adventure series and create a superhero comic.

Author of: Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors

  • Location: South West, UK
  • Website: Link

    Katie Dale


    Award-winning author Katie Dale loves nothing more than creating characters – both on page and on-stage! After gaining an English Literature degree she followed her dream of going to drama school, (followed by range of acting jobs including playing Juliet in a national Shakespeare tour and a small role in CAPTAIN AMERICA) then when she was back-packing through South-East Asia she was chosen as a winner of the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition which launched her writing career. She loves writing for toddlers up to teens – whilst playing the odd princess/assassin/zombie in-between!

    Author of: Dog in a Dress and Run, Tom, Run!

      Jenny Jinks


      Jenny lives in West Sussex with her husband and her two young children. Jenny has always loved children’s literature (probably due to her reluctance to actually grow up herself!) and has been writing for three years, finding great inspiration from watching her children’s wild and overactive imaginations. Jenny loves to travel and cook, and in her spare time reads with the children in her local primary school.

      Author of: Seeds and Stuck in the Tree and The Dog and the Fox

      • Location: West Sussex

      Jessie Miller


      Unlike Rooster, Jessie Miller does not live on a farm, but she does wear skinny jeans regularly, and she loves animals! Jessie is an illustrator who writes for kids, sells art online, and draws on YouTube. After studying animation at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Buffalo, New York where she currently lives with her husband and hyperactive pets.

      Learn more about her by searching Pigknit online.

      Author of: Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans

      • Location: New York, USA
      • Website: Link

        Elizabeth Dale


        Elizabeth Dale lives in a Sussex village and always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into doing a physics degree. When her children were born she returned to her dream and wrote short stories for magazines all over the world. But she enjoyed reading children’s books to her daughters so much, she tried writing them and absolutely loved that. She has had over 40 published, including 11 picture books, and has recently started writing Early Readers, which are great fun.

        Having seen the wonderful life she leads, sipping tea and gazing out of the window while thinking up ideas, two of her daughters have grown up to be children’s authors, too.

        Author of: Cool Duck and Lots of Hats, Bad Dog and No, Nell, No!, Sam the Star and Clown Fun! and Izzy! Wizzy!

            Jill Atkins


            Jill lives with her husband in West Sussex, where she loves being near the sea. She has two grown-up children and five grandchildren. She used to be a teacher and now regularly helps in her local school.

            Jill has loved books ever since she can remember and often read by torchlight under the bedclothes long after her mum told her to go to sleep. She has always enjoyed writing stories, and began storytelling when her two younger brothers were small. Her first book was published over 20 years ago and she’s had more than 70 books published so far, and counting!

            Author of: Peck, Hen, Peck! and Ben’s Pet and Ned in Bed and Fun at the Park

                Cath Jones


                Cath’s whole life has been about books. As a librarian, teacher, editor, community gardener (vegetable story-time anyone?) and now a literacy tutor, she aims to inspire a love of books in everyone. As a child, her fascination with stories was encouraged by a wonderful English teacher (Miss Storey!) local librarians and an amazing children’s bookshop (The Lion and the Unicorn) where authors met their fans. Cath now loves sharing her own stories with children of all ages.

                She lives in Kent with her partner and a high maintenance cat. When not writing, she grows mutant vegetables on a windy allotment overlooking the sea.

                Author of: Bonkers About Beetroot, Meg and Rat and Puff! Puff! Puff! and The Smart Hat

                • Location: Kent

                Karl Newson


                Karl Newson is a children’s author and illustrator from London.

                He grew up in Norwich, Norfolk, spending his younger days making dens, roaming barley fields, and playing ‘up the prak’ (park), with the Norwich equivalent of the Goonies.

                Karl enjoys writing, drawing, walking, music and biscuits.

                Author of: Fum

                • Location: London, UK
                • Website: Link

                Gary Sheppard


                Gary has always enjoyed writing since he was much younger and had significantly more hair! When he’s not working full-time as a copywriter, much of his spare time is spent researching picture books or developing his own ideas. He’s particularly fond of writing kids books, mainly in rhyming form, and his influences include Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, and Dr Seuss. Gary was born in 1973, lives in Northampton and is also a proactive SCBWI member.

                Author of: As Nice As Pie

                • Location: Northampton, UK
                • Website: Link

                Rebecca Lisle


                Rebecca Lisle has written over 25 books for children. She’s been a waitress (she loves food), a cat sitter (she loves cats), a dog walker (dogs are adored too), a biology teacher (yes, she likes nature and things) and an office worker.  She didn’t actually much like office work, just the desk and all the bits that go with it. All of these experiences and passions she mixes with huge dollops of imagination to produce readable, fun and exciting books.

                Author of: Stone Underpants and Game of Stones.

                Alison Donald


                Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Alison now lives in Farnham with her British husband and 3 young children.  She works as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and has over 10 years of experience helping children with special needs reach their potential.

                Alison has been writing stories since she was a child.  After years of scribbling story ideas on envelopes and scrap paper,  Alison finally joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI-BI) in 2014 and with their support, her writing took off.

                Author of: The New LiBEARianPirates in Classroom 3 and AdoraBULL

                • Location: Farnham, England
                • Website: Link

                Yasmin Finch


                Yasmin has wanted to write for children for years. When she was in the library supposed to be writing her PhD, she would end up writing stories about magical places and feisty heroines. After she graduated she started to write more and developed a love of writing picture books. Since then Yasmin has won a number of prizes with her picture book manuscripts…She lives near Cambridge in England and owns a woodland there. It has over two thousand trees growing in it, including some teeny tiny Christmas trees that she hopes will be big enough for a bauble one day. She’s got two boys and they love tracking animal footprints and building dens.

                Author of: Mr Mustachio

                • Location: Cambridge, England
                • Website: Link

                  Heather Pindar


                  After growing up in Yorkshire, Heather studied German at university, and then settled in London for many years. She recently moved with her partner David to live in Guildford where she can spend more time cycling and walking, and riding her cheeky grey horse, Finty.

                  Heather has over twenty years’ experience as a teacher; she currently works part time in a Primary School in South London. She finds the children’s brilliant imaginations and love of stories are her biggest inspiration for writing picture books.

                  Author of: Strictly No CrocsWishker and Beware the Mighty Bitey.

                  • Location: Guildford

                  Lou Treleaven


                  Lou has been writing since she could pick up a  pencil and spent her childhood making little books of stories and rhymes.  She is thrilled to be doing the same thing now and calling it her job!  She got the idea for Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip when the word ‘oojamaflip’ popped into her head, just like it did into Professor McQuark’s.  She loves writing in rhyme and will spend days searching for the right word, often muttering aloud to herself as she walks her dog.

                  Lou lives with her husband, teenage children, soppy dog and erratic cat.  She keeps a blog sharing resources and tips with aspiring authors, and also enjoys writing stage plays and musicals.

                  Author of: Professor McQuark & the Oojamaflip, The Snowflake MistakeLetter to Pluto, The SnugglewumpDaddy and I, Little Fish and Big FishFast Fox and Slow Snail and Homework on Pluto

                  • Location: Luton
                  • Website: Link

                    Karen Owen


                    Karen loves books, drinking tea, and playing games (both real and imaginary). She writes for children, having been a journalist for 15 years until she got fed up of the facts getting in the way of a good story. She loves visiting schools, libraries and festivals where she spends a lot of time storytelling and dressing up in silly costumes.  Karen lives in London with her partner and two teenage children.

                    Author of: As Quiet as a Mouse

                    • Location: London
                    • Website: Link

                      Billy Coughlan


                      Billy lives in a countryside village in Essex with her husband and two growing children. The family have a motley crew of ponies and dogs and Billy is never happier than when she is knee deep in muck. In fact, she claims this is where she comes up with her stories!

                      Author of: Not Without my Whale and How Do You Do, Mr Gnu?

                      • Location: Essex

                      Clare Helen Welsh


                      Clare lives in Devon with her husband and two children. She has over ten years experience teaching in primary schools – her colleagues say she never thinks small and when Clare says ‘I’ve got a good idea!’…they usually run and hide!

                      It was in 2013 that Clare began putting her wild imagination to good use writing picture books. In 2013 she won The Margaret Carey Scholarship for Picture Book Writers and in 2014 she was awarded Silver Medal in the Greenhouse Funny Prize for her picture book, Aerodynamics of Biscuits, which is due to be published in September 2015.

                      Author of: Aerodynamics of Biscuits

                      • Location: Devon
                      • Website: Link

                        Kimara Nye


                        As well as being the editor at Maverick, Kim has also had her own children’s book published.  The Four Little Pigs was originally published in 2010 but had a new edition come out in January 2015.

                        Author of: The Four Little Pigs

                        • Location: Sussex



                          Zoa is one of the ‘Cycling Gypsies’, two true Mavericks who went cycling around Europe towing two dogs with them (and not small dogs either!).

                          Maverick first read about their story in a article and after reading that they’d written some books, Fin & Zoa were asked to send them in and hey presto…The Dog Detectives was published!

                          Author of: The Dog Detectives Series