Anna Wilson LOVES stories. She has been a bookworm since she could first hold a book and always knew she wanted a job that involved writing or reading or both. She started her career as a picture book editor at Macmillan Children’s Books and went on to be an editor at HarperCollins. She also freelanced for several years as a fiction editor for Bloomsbury and Puffin children’s book publishers. Her writing career began once her children were born. She has written picture books, short stories, poems and young fiction series including Nina Fairy Ballerina; the Top of the Pups series; the The Pooch Parlour series and the Kitten Chaos series. Kitten Chaos was chosen as a World Book Day book in 2010. A further title, Monkey Business, was shortlisted for the 2012 Hull Libraries Award and Summer’s Shadow, a book for young teens, was shortlisted for the 2015 Lancashire Book of the Year Award. Other titles for young readers include I’m a Chicken, Get me Out of Here!; Monkey Madness and The Great Kitten Cake Off.
Anna’s latest novel is The Parent Problem. It was chosen as a recommended read for The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge and is a family comedy for 9-12s (and is utterly not based on Anna’s real life embarrassing experiences at all*). As well as writing, Anna gives talks, runs writing workshops in schools and teaches at Bath Spa University on the BA and MA creative writing courses.
*This may not be entirely true.