Helen Peters grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud, where she spent most of her time reading stories and putting on plays in a tumbledown shed. The Secret Hen House Theatre, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water, were inspired by her childhood. A Piglet Called Truffle is the first book in a new series for younger children. Helen lives in Brighton with two children, two cats, two guinea pigs and one husband.