Amy Sparkes was born in Eastbourne and grew up by the sea. She started writing creatively at the age of 5 and wrote many stories, poems and plays throughout her school days. Her first poem was published when she was 13 years old.
She had a magical childhood, filled with ghosts, fairies, witches and curious incidents such as trying to remove the school floor in pursuit of an enchanted land. (Regrettably she was stopped by a teacher before she got there). She also had 13 imaginary friends, but that is another story.
In between her searches for the way to Narnia, she now keeps herself busy writing stories for children of all ages. Her first book, Hodge the Hedgehog, appeared on CBeebies storytime and her books have been shortlisted for several book awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and the Booktrust Best Books Awards 2014.
Just in case writing books isn’t enough to keep her out of trouble, Amy also visits schools (she promises to leave the floor alone), produces the ‘Writing for Children’ pages for the bestselling Writing Magazine, writes short stories for Aquila magazine and runs writing courses for aspiring children’s authors. In July 2017, she founded and launched the 'Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize' in association with Writing Magazine and her agent, Julia Churchill.
Amy is a passionate supporter of baby charities and donates 5% of royalties to Tommy’s, ICP Support and Bliss.
Amy lives in Devon with her husband, five young children, a cat and a sock goblin called Arthur. She believes that magic is everywhere, if you know where to look…