J. M. Trewellard trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked for several years as an actor before the birth of her two sons. She returned to Cornwall, where her family have lived for generations, and taught Literature and Theatre Studies. She is a founder member of a touring theatre company in the south west for whom she is a creative director. She has been writing plays, poetry and short stories and this is her first children's book.
A freelance illustrator for over twenty years, Ian Beck has undertaken many different kinds of illustration work, from packaging and greeting cards to the record cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Ian turned to writing and illustrating children's books on the birth of his own first child and is the creator of many successful picture books. His first book for older children, The Secret History of Tom Trueheart (OUP) was published in June 2006.