Claire Smallman has taught biology and has written extensively for children on health and biology topics. She is currently an I.T. consultant for healthcare companies in the U.K. She lives in North London.
• John Shelley debuted as an illustrator in London before settling for many years in Tokyo, where he worked on a broad range of illustration for the Japanese market and children's books for publishers in East and West. Bilingual in Japanese, he's a former member of SCBWI and co-founded the Tokyo chapter. After more than twenty years in Japan, Shelley eventually returned to the UK and currently lives in Norwich.