Amanda Ashby writes young adult and mid-grade books for Puffin.
She grew up in Brisbane and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she's finally moved to the Sunshine Coast where she is enjoying some slightly warmer weather. When she's not moving country, she also likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let's just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children.
Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Her latest release is called Fairy Bad Day and involves killer fairies, sword fighting and Skittles, not necessarily in that order.
Amanda has four more books all due to come out in the next eighteen months.