Jenny Hughes was born and raised in rural Australia, the second-youngest of six children. She was a quiet and shy child, and spent many hours poring over books and playing in imaginary worlds. Her working career took her in many directions, but nothing seemed to 'fit'. Finally she followed her heart and began to write. She loves music, dancing, and hot tea and scones, but the thing that makes her happiest is writing and drawing. Jenny now lives in Orange, New South Wales with her scruffy little dog, Scruffy. She plans to keep writing until she's a little old lady. The Lilac Ladies is her first picture book. As a little boy, Jonathan Bentley liked football and drawing. When he was about eight years old he realised he wasn't going to be good enough to play football for Leeds United, so he concentrated on drawing instead. When he left school he studied at Brighton Polytechnic. Jonathan worked as a builder's labourer and kitchen hand for many years before he became a full-time illustrator, and he worked in London and Sydney before moving to Brisbane, Australia. Jonathan has been an Editorial Illustrator at the Courier Mail newspaper for ten years, and has illustrated books for Margaret Wild, The Wiggles and Andrew Daddo. Jonathan likes to work with a range of materials including acrylics, oils, and line and watercolour, and he looks forward to the day when he has a big barn-like studio somewhere in the countryside.