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Ali Sparkes MEANT to be a superstar singer and actress by now, but that never quite happened... probably because this was in the olden days before StrictlyPopXTalentIdol. She insists she could have done it otherwise.
After National Service as a Pontin's Bluecoat, a stint in cabaret and then singing in cheesy cover bands Ali finally got a proper job in local newspapers before absconding to the BBC in the late 90s. A bit of local radio presenting and producing followed before she chucked in the day job and started writing comedy stuff for Radio 4 (Woman's Hour & Home Truths) and cooking up children's adventure stories.
Since The Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox came out in 2006, she's found her groove.
Her first stand-alone novel, Frozen In Time, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010 and her books, including the SWITCH series, have been translated into many languages from French to Japanese, Polish to Korean...
You can find out more about her books and her public events at www.alisparkes.com. And for fun and games with SWITCH go to www.switch-books.co.uk.
Ali's involved in assorted exciting projects from new novels to screenplays, theatre and animation... but she maintains that if you were to snap her in half she would read CHILDREN'S AUTHOR through the middle, like Brighton rock. Although it would probably be a bit difficult to read, what with the blood and entrails and all that...