Helen Dennis was born in Brighton and loves living near the sea. Her mum gave her a library card when she was six weeks old, which made her, at the time, Brighton Library's youngest member! By the age of seven, she was sure she wanted to be a writer. Helen wrote her first (unpublished) book at the age of eleven. It was inspired by The Hobbit and set in outer space. After university, Helen taught at the largest junior school in Europe as head of English and, later, assistant headteacher. Many of the characters in her stories are inspired by children she has taught, but her biggest inspiration comes from her daughter, Meggie, who patiently listens to all her story ideas and also corrects her spellings.