Michael Stephens has written many children's books for which he has won awards and commendations. His first children′s book, Titans!, was shortlisted for the CBC Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 1993. Blat Magic, the exciting sequel to A Flock of Blats, won the 2002 Queensland Premier′s Award for Best Children's Book. It was also shortlisted for the 2001 Aurealis Awards, and named a Notable Book in the 2002 CBC awards. A full-time writer who occasionally takes on speaking engagements, he lives in Bundaberg with his wife and two sons.