Agent: Gemma Cooper

Sam Watkins

Sam voraciously consumed books from a young age due to a food shortage in the small village in West Sussex where she grew up. This diet, although not recommended by doctors, has given her a lifelong passion for books. Sam was a bookseller, editor and educational publisher before she started to write children’s books. She also taught art and design for a while, and as a keen artist she has been known to dabble in a bit of illustration, too.

Sam has a young son called Owen and an old yellow camper van called Daphne, and in summer they love pootling off on road trips to the New Forest and further afield. Sam goes rock climbing and plays guitar although not usually at the same time – and can often be found dangling off a cliff in or sitting at a campfire with her guitar singing silly songs about cockatoos!

Sam's first novel, a funny 7+ CREATURE TEACHER is publishing in April 2015, with the sequel CREATURE TEACHER GOES WILD following in August 2015 with Oxford University Press, illustrated by David O'Connell. Sam's early reader NICK KNIGHT, will publish with Franklin Watts/Hachette UK in November 2015.