Amy Sparkes writes humorous and magical fiction for children of all ages and is published by Penguin Random House, Egmont, Scholastic and HarperCollins. She has written many picture books, including Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo (Random House), which was shortlisted for several book prizes, including Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and Booktrust Best Books Award 2014. Her most recent picture books are Once Upon A Wish (Penguin Random House) and Robo-Snot (Scholastic), both out in 2016.
As well as picture books, Amy writes young fiction and has a new series coming out with HarperCollins in 2017. She also wrote Mermaid Legends: Estella and the Falling Star (Troubador), under the mermaid name of Coralie Sparkles. Amy also regularly writes middle-grade fiction for Aquila magazine and is currently working on her first novel.
Amy is a passionate supporter of baby charities and 5% of author royalties from her books go to Bliss, Ickle Pickles, ICP Support and Tommys.
Alongside writing books, Amy is keen to encourage new writers. She produces the ‘Writing for Children’ pages for Writing Magazine and runs creative writing workshops.
When she’s not busy writing children’s books, Amy likes to read them. Her favourite genres are picture books and magical middle-grade stories. She also enjoys tea, adventure and tree-climbing with her six young children and has mastered the art of eating chocolate when they’re not looking.
Amy tutors the following courses: Writing for Children, Becoming a Successful Writer, Short Story.
Thank you for all of your support, feedback and advice over the past 18 months. When I started, I barely understood how to format a story, pace and structure. I knew nothing of scansion. Now I am so much more confident in my prose and rhyming texts, I’ve secured an agent and a debut deal. I couldn’t have done it without you!
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