I have always loved stories. Growing up, I kept so many books hidden in my bed for reading after lights out that there was barely room for me! I also loved writing stories – my first being a tale about a baby bird called Snowy, who hurt her leg and had to hop her way to safety.
I started thinking seriously about being a writer when I was in secondary school, but didn’t do anything about it because I didn’t really believe it was possible. The thought of seeing a book in the shops with my name on it seemed too amazing to ever be a reality. I was afraid that I’d fail, so I didn’t risk trying– and that is definitely the worst reason in the world!
Having my first son was the kick in the bottom I needed. Suddenly I had someone depending on and looking up to me, and it made me want to do better. Once he started school I applied for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University, intending to write grown up novels full of tragedy and despair. But then I got the idea for ‘The Really Big Stink’ and from then on, writing for children was all I wanted to do.
I live in London, in a house full of children, animals and Pokemon. When I’m not busy mothering or step-mothering (which isn’t often) I love to read, write and run, as fast as I can. My favourite things are books, trees and fluffy slippers, and my favourite place in the world is my home, where I can sit at the end of my garden, by the river, with tea and cake, coming up with story ideas in my pyjamas.
"This is a hilarious, exciting, fun read, and it is filled to the brim with great characters. Alex is confident, smart and completely unself-aware, while Jess is straight-talking, unique and incredibly brave. There are laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book, which make you hope this is only the beginning of a fantastic new series."
"Laugh your socks off with this brilliantly funny fantasy adventure."
AUTHOR OF MOLD AND THE POISON PLOT
"Prepare to have your tonsils tickled and your heart squeezed in this adorable romp of an adventure by the hugely talented Jennifer Killick."
AUTHOR OF THE APPRENTICE WITCH
"Cracking adventure full of daft stunts, villainous villains and one far too cute hedgehog."