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Lucy Coats writes for children of all ages. Her first picture book was published in 1991, and in 2004 she was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize for 'Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths'. Her first novel 'Hootcat Hill', was published in 2008 and had excellent reviews. Lucy read her first book of Greek myths at the age of seven, and has been hooked on stories of all kinds ever since.
Lucy lives in rural Northamptonshire and writes looking out over green fields full of sheep. She has a deskdog called Hero who generally lies between her screen and keyboard and is very good at encouraging Lucy when the writing is going slowly. Lucy has a website at http://lucycoats.com and her Scribble City Central blog (at http://scribblecitycentral.blogspot.com) is a Top 10 Cisio Children's Literature Blog. She also has a Facebook Author page at http://tinyurl.com/lucycoatsfacebook and a Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/lucycoats which she visits strictly during coffee breaks, as well as being on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram.
Lucy's latest 12 book series is 'Greek Beasts and Heroes' (Orion), and her latest picture book, 'Captain Beastlie's Pirate Party', has just been published by Nosy Crow. Coming for 2015 are a myth-based series for 7-9's from Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin) USA, and two teenage novels about the young Cleopatra from Orchard Books.
Lucy also teaches regular Masterclasses on How to Write for Children at The Guardian (see events) and writes for Publishing Talk and Mslexia magazine.