Lucy Rowland grew up in Cheltenham and gained a degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Reading before becoming a children's speech and language therapist in South London where she now lives. Lucy has loved reading and listening to poetry from a young age and has turned her passion into writing picture book stories with quirky characters and irresistible rhythms. Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet is Lucy's first picture book with Macmillan. Mark Chambers was born in Aberdeen on a cold and windy day and shortly afterwards moved to warmer climates down south in rural Lincolnshire. Although he wanted to be a professional golfer, chef and fighter pilot (not all at the same time), he found that his skills were much more suited to being an illustrator so he went on to study a degree in Illustration at the University of Lincoln. Since then Mark has illustrated a wealth of picture books and young fiction. In 2013 he won the Sheffield Children's Picture Book Prize for Pigeon Poo (Little Tiger Press) and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Noisy Bottoms (Usborne). Mark lives and works in Lincoln. Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet is his first picture book with Macmillan.