Barbara Jean Hicks has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a nanny and a teacher. She was born in a small town in Washington state, USA, and now lives in Seattle, where she is Author in Residence at a primary school. She is the award-winning author of several books for adults. Jitterbug Jam was her first work for children. Barbara shares her home with two good friends, a large tuxedo cat, and, she says, 'a host of imaginary characters who keep my life hopping'.