A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Meet the Allsorts (3) + Giveaway

Welcome back to Author Allsorts! We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know our group of UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children’s and YA fiction. Today is the last day of introductions, so meet the final batch of Allsorts and enter our book giveaway…

IMG_9772Natasha Ngan
Natasha is a YA writer represented by Nicola Barr at Greene & Heaton. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Geography degree in 2011, she has been working as a social media consultant and blogger, running top UK fashion blog Girl in the Lens with her photographer boyfriend, and has effectively swapped sleep for writing. Her debut novel THE ELITES will be published by Hot Key Books in Autumn 2013, with another standalone YA title released the following year.

authorpicKate Ormand
Kate Ormand is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. Kate loves long walks with Freddie, reading teen novels, and painting her nails. DARK DAYS, her YA dystopian debut, will be published with Sky Pony Press in Spring 2014.

Emma Pass PhotoEmma Pass
Emma Pass has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Her debut novel, ACID, will be published on 25th April 2013, followed by another stand-alone thriller for young adults in 2014. By day, she works as a library assistant and lives with her husband and dog in the North East Midlands.

Ellen-Renner-photo-for-website-200x145Ellen Renner
Ellen Renner was born in the USA, in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, but came to England looking for adventure, married here, and now lives in an old house in Devon with her husband and son. Her first book, CASTLE OF SHADOWS, winner of the Cornerstones Wow Factor Competition, was published by Orchard Books in 2010. It was chosen for both The Independent and The Times summer reading lists. Both CASTLE OF SHADOWS and the sequel, CITY OF THIEVES (Orchard, 2010), were included on The Times reviewer Amanda Craig’s list of best children’s books of 2010. CASTLE OF SHADOWS has won the North East Book Award 2011 and been shortlisted for 4 other awards, including the West Sussex Children’s Book Prize 2011. Ellen originally trained as a painter and surrounds herself with sketches of her characters as she writes. She spins wool as well as stories, knits and weaves; and collects teapots and motorbikes.

Holly Smale fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 20 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India. As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting. She wasn’t.
After thirty years of optimistically scribbling on pieces of paper and putting them in piles under her bed, Holly signed an international three book deal with HarperCollins in 2012. Her debut children’s novel, GEEK GIRL, was published in February 2013; foreign rights have already been sold in nine languages.
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives with a totally imaginary but very chatty cat in London or @holsmale

Dan Smith 1Dan Smith
Growing up, Dan Smith led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of South East Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . which is where some people say he still lives most of the time!
Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes his stories to share with both adults and children.
Dan’s debut novel, Dry Season, was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2011, and was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. To date, Dan has published three novels with Orion Publishing, with a fourth, Red Winter, coming in July 2013.
2013 will also see Chicken House publish My Friend The Enemy, Dan’s first novel for children.

Keris StaintonKeris Stainton
Keris Stainton was born in Canada, and brought up on the Wirral. In 2005 she gave up her job as an administrator in Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds) to write full time. Her first novel, Della Says: OMG! was published by Orchard Books in 2010 and her second, Jessie Hearts NYC was published in 2011. Emma Hearts LA was published in June 2012. She lives in Lancashire with her husband and two young sons, who make her laugh every day. Sometimes intentionally.

Beth_Straker_illustrator_picBethany Straker
BETHANY STRAKER is an illustrator and designer working in Kent and London. She is currently working on 6 picture books for Skyhorse publishing and currently has a book out written by Isabel Atherton, called ‘Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty’. Her new books include a book she wrote called ‘The Funny Bunny Fly’, ‘A Curious Robot on Mars!’ written by James Duffett-Smith and ‘Smelly Ghost’ by Isabel Atherton. Previously, Bethany has illustrated for magazines for Disney, CMP Information, Bliss magazine, the National Magazine Company and GoGo’s Crazy Bones. You can see some examples of her work on her website,

claraPortraitClara Vulliamy
I was born in London, daughter of author illustrator Shirley Hughes and architect John Vulliamy. My first experience of making pictures was being allowed to use up my Mum’s paints at the end of the day, which was like scraping the icing out of the bowl after baking.
I studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art, The Ruskin and The Royal Academy. After graduating I began illustrating in newspapers and magazines, and doing a weekly cartoon in The Guardian. I started writing and illustrating children’s books when I had a family of my own, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve made around 30 books, including The Bear with Sticky Paws, Lucky Wish Mouse and Martha and the Bunny Brothers.
I live in Twickenham with my husband, our two grown-up children and a gang of cheeky guinea pigs.

That’s all of us! We hope you enjoyed launch week as much as we did!

  • Meet the Allsorts (1): Isabel Atherton, Ian Beck, Abi Burlingham, Liz de Jager, Helen Douglas, Janet Edwards, C.J. Flood, Roy Gill, C.J. Harper.
  • Meet the Allsorts (2): Imogen Howson, R.M. Ivory, Sharon Jones, Sangu Mandanna, Rose Mannering, Zoë Marriott , Elizabeth May, Amy McCulloch, Fletcher Moss, Sarah Naughton.
  • Meet the Allsorts (3): Natasha Ngan, Kate Ormand, Emma Pass, Ellen Renner, Holly Smale, Dan Smith, Keris Stainton, Bethany Straker, Clara Vulliamy.
  • To see all of us in one place, visit the Authors and Illustrators page.
  • To see our books, visit the Our Books and Our Picture Books pages.
  • To see something adorable, visit the Our Mascots page.


The winner will receive the following books from our shelves:

GRACELING by Kristin Cashsore
FIRE by Kristin Cashsore
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
EARTH GIRL by Janet Edwards – a signed UK edition
DAEMON PARALLEL by Roy Gill – signed
GRUB IN LOVE by Abi Burlingham – signed
THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna – signed
GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale – signed
MY FRIEND THE ENEMY by Dan Smith – signed proof copy
ACID by Emma Pass – signed
WITCH CRAG by Kate Cann
THE ELITES by Natasha Ngan – signed proof copy
FROSTFIRE by Zoë Marriott – signed
WONDER by R.J. Palacio
I HEART BEDTIME by Clara Vulliamy – signed
THE DISAPPEARED by C.J. Harper – signed
DREAMS by Dani Sacerdoti
PASTWORLD by Ian Beck – signed and stamped US proof copy

The giveaway is international and will run throughout April. Follow the link below to enter.

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88 comments on “Meet the Allsorts (3) + Giveaway

  1. Yay! It’s been so nice meeting all of you wonderful people over the last few days! I can’t wait to see what exciting things you are going to do next on Author Allsorts! Thanks for this super duper giveaway! 🙂

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  3. Jo Bowers
    April 5, 2013

    I’m really,looking forward to getting to know Author Allsorts! A fantastic giveaway!

  4. Avril Luke
    April 5, 2013

    Nice to meet you all.. lots of familiar names and some new ones too 🙂 – a lot of talent all in one place, wow!

  5. Mel Rogerson
    April 5, 2013

    Fab giveaway! The site looks ace!

  6. Alex
    April 5, 2013

    Great bunch of authors! Great giveaway!

  7. Rachel Dove
    April 5, 2013

    Great site and an awesome giveaway! I wish you all the very best of luck 🙂

  8. Mieneke
    April 5, 2013

    Some of my favourite authors are here and I’m looking forward to discover more about all of you! Fantastic giveaway too!

  9. AJ
    April 5, 2013

    Fantastic giveaway, some really cool authors and books too! Three cheers for Liz!

  10. Sue Hyams
    April 5, 2013

    Great site and a fantastic giveaway!

  11. Katherine
    April 5, 2013

    Wow, some great books here!

  12. Catherine
    April 5, 2013

    What an awesome array of authors. I wish you all the best with this lovely site and will be very happy to visit regularly. Thank you for such a wonderfully generous giveaway!

  13. laura
    April 5, 2013

    Awesome site and awesome giveaway!

  14. Bekki
    April 5, 2013

    Oh this is so exciting!

  15. kasia1354
    April 5, 2013

    This giveaway is the ultimate one! So many great books here, you’re such a generous bunch to be giving them all away! Thanks for doing that.

  16. Elli
    April 5, 2013

    Great giveaway!

  17. Molly Conway
    April 5, 2013

    This are amazing books being given away!!!

  18. lorena
    April 5, 2013

    Thanks for doign the giveaway, what amazing books!

  19. Mima
    April 5, 2013

    Such a great idea! And thanks for this giveaway!

  20. Charlotte Frears
    April 5, 2013

    Just discovered this blog through Rose Mannering. I really look forward to reading!

  21. Marie-Claire
    April 5, 2013

    omg this giveaway looks so amazing!
    kinda wanna read all those books! 😀

  22. Iman
    April 5, 2013

    WOW! What an impressive collection. Great giveaway thank youuuuu

  23. Shannon Thackrah
    April 5, 2013

    Amazing Giveaway. So many awesome authors here! Thanks for hosting a giveaway

  24. Kat
    April 5, 2013

    Wow!! Amazing giveaway!!!!!!!!!!! Speechless………!!!!!!!!!

  25. Geraldine
    April 5, 2013

    Awesome site :)!

  26. Sam
    April 5, 2013

    Thanks for the giveaway! Nice to “meet” you all. 🙂

  27. Beth Kemp
    April 5, 2013

    This looks like it’s going to be a brilliant blog – and what an amazing giveaway to kick things off with!

  28. Debie Grace
    April 5, 2013


  29. emily r
    April 5, 2013

    wonderful giveaway! 🙂

  30. samia
    April 6, 2013

    this is an awesome giveaway! :):):)

  31. Jasmine
    April 6, 2013

    Awesome giveaway!

  32. Angel
    April 6, 2013

    this is amazing

  33. Alexandre Maki
    April 6, 2013

    Thank you for the chance to win so many books (and for opening it to international entries).

    Also, there are so many authors/artists on this blog that I’ve never heard about previously but whose work seem really interesting. I’ll keep following it.

  34. Arra (Style | Reader)
    April 6, 2013

    This is a great giveaway and I’m happy to see authors collab! 🙂

  35. Raimy
    April 6, 2013

    Lovely to meet everyone! They are some awesome books youre giving away! x

  36. Eleanor
    April 6, 2013

    Thank you for this splendid giveaway! Great to meet everyone 🙂

  37. sabrina T
    April 6, 2013

    so excited 🙂

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  39. Teresa Bassett
    April 6, 2013

    How delightful to meet so many new authors, I can see my to be read pile becoming even bigger in the future, I love reading debut novels xx

  40. paula c
    April 6, 2013

    lovely chance to know different authors. hope i win this giveaway!

  41. Stephanie
    April 6, 2013

    Great to find some new people to talk books with 🙂 Ace giveaway – so many are on my wish list!

  42. liveotherwise
    April 6, 2013

    What a fantastic site! Really looking forward to finding out what everyone is up to.

  43. Jessica R
    April 6, 2013

    It’s great to get to see all the faces behind these books that I’m so excited to read! It’s also fun when a bunch of authors get together on a blog, so I’m looking forward to seeing what comes 🙂

  44. Milayna
    April 7, 2013

    I’m excited for this.

  45. Naomi M
    April 8, 2013

    Heard about this from Rose Mannering’s youtube channel, this looks so exciting!

  46. AtiyyaB
    April 8, 2013

    Awesome compilation of books and authors, super excited to explore the rest of the site!!

  47. Fiona H
    April 8, 2013

    What an awesome bunch of authors! Already read/got a couple of the books and am looking forward to reading more in the future. Good luck guys and thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  48. kim morris
    April 8, 2013

    This is great looking forward to reading some new authors.

  49. Julla
    April 9, 2013

    Awesome giveaway!

  50. Kitty
    April 9, 2013

    yayy!! giveaway!!

  51. Kelly G.
    April 9, 2013

    Epic giveaway is epic!

  52. Nicola D
    April 9, 2013

    Fabulous giveaway! Looking forward to getting to know all of the authors better in future blog posts 🙂

  53. Helen
    April 10, 2013

    This is such a good idea for a website! The giveaway is amazing!

  54. Tryphena
    April 10, 2013

    omg , thanks for this giveaway . I love exploring new books .

  55. Isa
    April 10, 2013

    This is a fantastic way to meet new authors and thank you for the generous offer. 🙂

  56. Ashfa Anwer
    April 10, 2013

    Thank you sooooo much for the INT giveaway!!!

  57. Janet Lambert
    April 10, 2013

    What a great giveaway thanks for hosting it x

  58. steph
    April 10, 2013

    This is such a great idea, good giveaway

  59. Christine P
    April 10, 2013

    What an incredible giveaway. Thanks so much! So glad it’s international!

  60. Remmy
    April 11, 2013

    This is awesome! 🙂

  61. Thank you for this amazing giveaway and best of luck to every single one of you.
    We definitely need some more UK talent

  62. Anny
    April 12, 2013

    Wow, that’s one great giveaway, I have to say! Interesting to read about new authors, I’ve never heard of any of them so I like this!

  63. Andrea
    April 14, 2013

    This is amazing!
    I didn’t know about you and I think this idea is incredible!

  64. Emily
    April 14, 2013


  65. Julia Munroe Martin
    April 15, 2013

    What a great giveaway and introduction to wonderful authors!

  66. Laura Mary Sargent
    April 15, 2013

    My reading list just doubled in length! Fab giveaway!

  67. Shelver506
    April 15, 2013

    Holy cow. Some of those titles are making me hyperventilate. Thank you all!

  68. Tammy Sparks
    April 16, 2013

    What a great bunch of writers! Really looking forward to these books. Thanks so much!

  69. Michelle Sedeño
    April 17, 2013

    I’ve been looking forward to reading most of these titles! Thanks for the chance!

  70. jacabur1
    April 17, 2013

    If this many books came in my mailbox, *passing out at the thought with joy of it all* I would be so happy for months to come, thank you all for such a wonderful way to introduce us to new authors and thank you all for creating a site to get to know you!

  71. Hannah
    April 18, 2013

    What a selection! Would take you comfortably up to summer (assuming the weather picks up…)

  72. Charlie Morris
    April 18, 2013

    Some old and new favourites, what a wonderful giveaway!

  73. callyscreations
    April 18, 2013

    Awesome giveaway! Would love to get stuck in to all those boosk!

  74. Elli Woollard
    April 18, 2013

    What a very, very lovely bunch of authors!

  75. Flannery
    April 18, 2013

    I added a few more books to my Goodreads TBR shelves after checking you all out over there:)

  76. Danica Mae
    April 19, 2013

    im really excited for this giveaway! I love would love to win these books! Hope I win !! ♥

  77. Jessica Noreault
    April 19, 2013

    This giveaway is fantastic, and so many really great authors too! I love it!

  78. This is a very exciting giveaway!!! I really hope I am able to recieve some of these books 😀 i really want to read this summer (take my mind of waiting for my AS Level exam results :/ )

  79. Elisa
    April 19, 2013

    Thank you !! 🙂

  80. Becca @ Lost in Thought
    April 20, 2013

    What an amazing giveaway! Really enjoyed reading about all of the authors too and they’re fabulous sounding books 🙂

  81. borganstein
    April 23, 2013

    Awesome giveaway, awesome website.

  82. Genie (@Genie_inabook)
    April 24, 2013

    It’s great to see authors coming together on a blog like this 🙂
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win so many books with this giveaway as well

  83. _Sandra_
    April 25, 2013

    OMG!!! Thanks for an amazing giveaway and introduction to so many wonderful authors, looking forward to reading more about them.

  84. lookked
    April 25, 2013

    This is really amazing! thank you so much for international giveaway 🙂 so many interesting books I can’t wait to get into! wish me luck 🙂

  85. Petra
    April 25, 2013

    I’ve come across some of you already and always enjoy discovering new author to get to know 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway chance as well.

  86. Sudha
    April 26, 2013

    This introduced me to a much of new authors and I can’t wait to read some of these!! Great giveaway!

  87. Jack
    April 30, 2013

    Hope I win! Great site 🙂

  88. Molly Conway
    May 2, 2013

    When will they announce with winner?

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