Ann M. Martin Facts

Who is Ann M. Martin?

Ann M. Martin is a writer of children’s books, best known for writing and developing The Baby-Sitters Club novel series.

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Facts About Ann M. Martin?

  • Ann M. Martin was born in Princeton, New Jersey, US, in 1955.
  • The M in her name stands for Matthews.
  • Her father was a cartoonist and her mother was a preschool teacher.
  • She was a keen reader as a child. Some of her favourite authors were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl.
  • She also enjoyed riding horses, but she didn’t continue this hobby as an adult.
  • From a young age, Ann M. Martin loved creative writing, and she spent much of her free time writing in notebooks.
  • English and French were her favourite subjects at school, but she didn’t enjoy math lessons.

I think reading is a gift. It was a gift that was given to me as a child by many people, and now as an adult and a writer, I’m trying to give a little of it back to others. It’s one of the greatest pleasures I know.

Ann M. Martin
  • As a teenager, Ann M. Martin worked her summers at Eden Institute, a school for children with autism.
  • From 1973 to 1977, she studied Early-Childhood Education and Child Psychology at Smith College, Massachusetts.
  • After graduating, Ann M. Martin worked as a spit fourth and fifth-grade teacher at a school in Connecticut.
  • Ann M. Martin decided to leave the teaching profession, and she began a career in the publishing industry, working as an editor for several children’s book publishers, such as Scholastic and Pocket Books.
  • Bummer Summer (1983) was the first of her books to be published, and it received a Children’s Choice Award in 1985.
  • Ann M. Martin began writing The Baby-Sitters Club series in 1985. She wrote the first 35 books in the main series, before handing over the writing duties to a team of Scholastic ghostwriters. She also wrote about 65 books for the spin-off series.
  • Since then, she has concentrated on writing standalone novels, such as A Corner of the Universe.
  • In 2010, Ann M. Martin published The Summer Before, a prequel to the books in The Baby-Sitters Club series.
  • The Ann M. Martin Foundation provides financial support to art, educational, and literacy programs. It also contributes funds to programs to support stray and abused animals.
  • In addition to the books in The Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin has written more than 25 other novels.
  • She enjoys going on long walks, watching episodes of old TV shows (especially I Love Lucy), and making children’s clothes.
  • The Perkins girls from The Baby-Sitters Club books are based on Ann M. Martin’s goddaughters.
  • Her father illustrated The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special book called New York, New York.
  • When she was writing the first The Baby-Sitters Club book there were only going to be four books in the series. There are now more than 130 books in the main series.
  • The first ten The Baby-Sitters Club books were adapted for TV as a Netflix series.
  • She enjoys visiting the beach, eating ice cream, sewing, and reading.
  • She has had several pet cats, including Ollie, Pippen, Mouse, Rosie, and Gussie.
  • Many Ann M. Martin’s first drafts and outlines have been donated to Smith College.
  • Her favorite character in The Baby-Sitters Club series is Kristy, but she thinks she is most like Mary Anne.
  • Ann M. Martin enjoys listening to mystery audiobooks, and she likes Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series and books written by Stephen King.
  • When she was asked about what The Baby-Sitters Club characters would be doing as adults, Ann M. Martin said that Kristy would be a CEO of a company, Claudia would be an artist, and Stacey would be involved in the New York City fashion scene. She didn’t say what she thought Mary Anne would go on to do.
  • Some of her favourite children’s books include The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond, Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz books, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, the Beatrix Potter books, and the Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff.
  • Since 2019, The Baby-Sitter’s Club books have been turned into graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan are the illustrators attached to the project.

B. B. Alston Facts

B. B. Alston is an author of children’s books. He is best known for Amari and the Night Brothers.

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Facts About B. B. Alston

  • B. B. Alston began writing in middle school. He used to write horror stories and read them to his friends.
  • His family didn’t have much money when he was growing up.
  • B. B. Alston’s debut novel was Amari and the Night Brothers.
  • He enjoys eating sweets and candy and exploring country roads.
  • Amari and the Night Brothers has been adapted for the screen with Don Cheadle as producer.
  • He stopped writing stories in high school and this break continued into his twenties.
  • Reading the Harry Potter books reminded him of why he’d loved stories as a child, and he started writing again soon after.
  • He is a big fan of the Men in Black movies.
  • Some of the authors B. B. Alston admires include Jessica Townsend, Nic Stone, and Angie Thomas.
  • As a child, he enjoyed Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Mrs Frisby the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
  • He was inspired to start writing a novel by the success of the Twilight books.
  • He studied Pre-Med at college and was about to start the process of applying to Medical School when he secured a book agent via Twitter.
  • B. B. Alston lives in Lexington in South Carolina, US.
  • His writing process involves writing a zero draft – a simple outline of the book which only includes the book’s main plot points and story beats. He keeps adding details with each subsequent draft.

I’m always asking myself “What-if” questions when I write, and my stories kind of spring up from the answers to those questions.

B. B. Alston
  • B. B. Alston’s favourite part of the writing process is creating the world. His least favourite part is cutting words he has written during his editing and revisions.
  • He would love to have the ability to teleport.
  • He listens to a wide variety of music, and he enjoys Maroon 5, Rapsody, Drake and BTS.
  • He is a fast reader, but he also enjoys listening to audiobooks in his car.
  • Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings books, and Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy are his favorite book characters.
  • He is a big admirer of J. R. R Tolkien, Maya Angelou, and Rick Riordan.
  • Amari from the Amari and the Night Brothers is based on B. B. Alston and the children he grew up with. He wanted to write a fantasy book for children with a black main character as he couldn’t find any when he was growing up.
  • The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs summer camp in the Amari and the Night Brothers book is inspired by Hogwarts (from the Harry Potter books) and Camp Half-Blood (from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books).

It scared me to write a black kid in a fantasy book because I had never seen it before. But it also thrilled me because I was writing about myself and the kids I grew up with.

B. B. Alston

Mary Pope Osborne Facts

Mary Pope is an author of children’s books. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series.

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Facts About Mary Pope Osborne

  • Mary Pope Osborne was born in 1949 in Fort Still, Oklahoma, US.
  • She had a twin brother called Bill, a sister called Natalie, and a younger brother named Michael.
  • Her father was in the military, and his job meant that Mary Pope Osborne’s family had to move regularly. As a child, she lived in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Salzburg, Austria.
  • After her father retired from the military, the family moved to North Carolina.
  • In North Carolina, Mary Pope Osborne joined her local community theatre, and she went on to study drama at the University of North Carolina.
  • She changed the focus of her degree in her junior year and majored in religion.
  • After her college graduation, Mary Pope Osbourne and one of her friends went travelling. They camped in caves in Crete for six weeks, and then headed east, visiting Iraq, Iran, Nepal, India, Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Syria, and Lebanon.
  • Her trip ended when she was admitted to hospital with blood poisoning. During her recovery, she read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
  • After returning to the US, Mary Pope Osborne lived in California, Washington DC, and New York.
  • She married her husband Will Osborne in 1976. They met at a play. Will Osborne was playing the role of Jesse James.
  • Before becoming a full-time author, Mary Pope Osborne worked as a bartender, travel agent, assistant editor at a children’s magazine, drama teacher, and medical assistant.
  • The first book Mary Pope Osborne wrote was 1982’s Run, Run As Fast As You Can.
  • She has since written more than 100 stories for children, in a range of genres, and for readers ranging from young children to young adults.
  • The Magic Tree House books are Mary Pope Osborne’s most successful works. More than 130 million copies of the books have been sold since the first book (Dinosaurs Before Dark) was released in 1992.
  • Merlin and Morgan le Fay (based on characters from the King Arthur legends) are recurring characters in the Magic Tree House series.
  • Out of the two main characters in the Magic Tree House books, Mary Pope Osbourne says she is more like Jack but she would like to be more like Annie.
  • She says that she can work on her books for twelve hours a day for seven days a week.
  • Her husband Will Osbourne has been responsible for adapting the Magic Tree House books for the stage. In 2007 a musical adaptation was premiered, and in the Magic Tree House Kids Shows books in the series are performed on stage by casts made up of children.
  • Mary Pope Osborne has twice been president of the Authors Guild.
  • Her Magic Tree House series was turned into an anime film in 2011, and it premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival.
  • Mary Pope Osborne said that Hemingway’s simple and direct style influenced her own writing style.
  • Mary Pope Osborne’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
  • When she’s not writing, Mary Pope Osborne enjoys kayaking and taking hikes with her pet dogs.
  • She currently lives in a house on a lake in Connecticut.

Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place — and still be home in time to have dinner.

Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mary Pope Osborne was an avid reader as a child, and some of her favourite books included the Nancy Drew mysteries, the Little House on the Prairie books, and Uncle Wiggly books.
  • She still loves to read, and she has a library of more than 2000 books in her house.
  • The Magic Tree House books have been turned into a series of graphic novels. They are adapted by Jenny Laird and illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews.
  • The idea of the tree house in the Magic Tree House books was triggered by Mary Pope Osborne seeing a tree house during a walk down a country road with her husband in Pennsylvania.

I’m one of those very lucky people who absolutely love what they do for a living. There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children’s book author.

Mary Pope Osborne

Tui T. Sutherland Facts

Tui T. Sutherland is a Venezuelan-American author. Her most well-known books are the Seekers and Warriors series (some of which were written by Sutherland as part of a group of other writers using the pen name Erin Hunter). She has also written the Wings of Fire series under her own name.

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Facts About Tui T. Sutherland

  • Tui T. Sutherland was born in 1978 in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Her name, chosen by her mother (born in New Zealand) comes from the tui, an energetic, noisy, and colourful bird native to New Zealand.
  • During her early childhood, she lived in Paraguay, Florida (US), and the Dominican Republic.
  • She went to high school in New Jersey.
  • At high school she was involved in the school theatre, mostly working backstage.
  • She graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1998. She thought about starting a career as a stage manager or about taking a graduate course in Art History, but in the end, she went to New Zealand and stayed with her uncle.
  • After taking a children’s literature class at the University of Aukland, she started to come up with lots of ideas for books she could write, and she ended up getting a job with Penguin.
  • The first novel she wrote was in 2004 for the publisher Harper Collins. It was called This Must Be Love and it was a retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Her first mentor was Jane O’Connor, author of the Fancy Nancy books.
  • In 2009, she appeared on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. She won more than $45,000 dollars as a two-day champion.
  • She now lives in Boston with her husband Adam. They have two children, Jonah and Elliot.
  • She has had dogs named Sunshine (who passed away in 2020), Rainbow Dog (Bo for short), and Bumblebee.
  • She has worked as an editor.
  • In addition to Erin Hunter, Tui T. Sutherland has used several other pen names. As Rob Kidd she wrote The Legends of Brethren Court series (a Pirates of the Caribbean spin-off), as Heather Williams she wrote Nellie Oleson Meets Laura Ingalls and Farmer Boy (House on the Prairie spin-offs), and as Tamara Summers she wrote He’s With Me, Save the Date, and Never Bite a Boy on the First Date.
  • Her sister, Kari Sutherland is also an author. She has written dozens of romance and mystery books, and she often writes as Karen Rose Smith or Karen Hughes. Tui T. Sutherland and Kari Sutherland collaborated on the Menagerie series.
  • Wings of Fire is Tui T. Sutherland’s most popular series. There are currently fifteen books in the main series, six books in the Winglets and Legends spin-off series, and several graphic novels.
  • She is a huge fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.
  • Some of her favourite authors include Octavia Butler, Liane Moriarty, Amy Tan, Mary Renault, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Angie Thomas.
  • She enjoyed the movie Spirited Away.
  • Her favourite tribe from her Wings of Fire series is the RainWings because they are mellow and happy.
  • The dragon Sunny from the Wings of Fire series is named after her dog Sunshine.

More Information About Tui T. Sutherland

Why did Tui T. Sutherland write Wings of Fire?

After writing the Seekers books as Erin Hunter, she was keen to produce work in her own voice. Her agent suggested that she try a series in which dragons are the main characters, and Tui T. Sutherland immediately thought of the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey she’d enjoyed when she was younger.

The difference between writing about dragons, as opposed to about bears and cats—besides that it was all my own stories, all my own characters, and I could make it as joyful and hopeful as I wanted to—is that dragons, because of the magical element, can be closer to humans. They can have books, they can have castles, they can have music and magic spells, things that helped me build out a world that I wanted to hang out in.

Tui T. Sutherland (2019)

Who inspired Tui T. Sutherland?

As a child, she loved the book Anne of Green Gables. She was also inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong fantasy book, and she has enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, and Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw

How can I contact Tui T. Sutherland?

Tui T. Sutherland can be contacted through her publisher, Scholastic.

The address is: Tui Sutherland
c/o Scholastic, Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY  10012

You stand a better chance of getting a reply to your letter if you include a SASE (a self-addressed stamped envelope).

She also has an Instagram account.

How do you pronounce Tui T. Sutherland?

It is pronounced two-ee.

How does Tui T. Sutherland write her books?

Tui T Sutherland is not a morning person, so ideally, her perfect writing schedule would be to write through the night, then sleep until noon. Her most productive hours are from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. but it is a difficult routine to maintain with a family.

She often writes between 1,000 and 3,000 words a day.

What are portal fantasy books?

In portal fantasy books, characters are transported, via some sort of portal, to another land, realm, time period, or location. The portal can take different forms (for example a magical wardrobe, a mirror, or a rabbit hole), and characters usually travel from our world to another world. The new world is usually very different from the world they are used to, and often it is magical in some way.

The characters who travel through the portal are often regular people and they are forced to adapt to their new reality. Often they don’t go through the portal by choice, and once the characters are in the new world, the storyline often revolves around their attempts to find a way back home.

Sometimes the characters know what is on the other side of the portal, and sometimes the destination is unknown. Sometimes the characters voluntarily move through the portal, and sometimes they are forced to leave their homeworld.

Is Isekai a type of portal fantasy?

Isekai is a genre of portal fantasy from Japan. It can take the form of anime, manga, light novels, movies, and video games, and it involves a character or a group of protagonists being transported to another world and learning to survive. The new world is often a magical fantasy world, but it can also be a parallel universe, a different time period, or a virtual world.

Isekai is a popular structure for anime and manga because it allows the audience to learn about the new world as the characters do.

Often the main character who finds themselves in the new world is overpowered.

Examples of Isekai stories include So I’m a Spider, So What? by Okina Baba, Log Horizon by Mamare Touno, Lord of Goblins by Michiel Werbrouck, and Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody by Hiro Ainana.

Are LitRPG books portal fantasy?

LitRPG (literary role-playing game) is a genre of fantasy fiction where the mechanics of a role-playing game form a vital part of the story. Often, role-playing game statistics are written into the text, and the main character interacts with the game rules as the plot progresses.

In some LitRPG games, the characters start the book as part of the game, but in others, there may be in-game portions of the book and real-world storylines running side-by-side. If the main character is transported into the game world at the beginning of the book, the story could be considered an isekai story and a novel that falls under the portal fantasy umbrella.

Examples of Isekai LitRPG books and series include Summoned! by Osiin Muldowney, Isekai Magus by Han Yang, The Land by Aleron Kong, Tales of an Unlikely Wizard by CookieCrumble, and The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba.

Portal Fantasy Books for Children

Here are some examples of the portal fantasy books written for children.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – the portal is a rabbit hole, and the new world is called Wonderland.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – the portal is a magical wardrobe, and the new world is called Narnia.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – the portal is a magic tollbooth, and the new world is called the Kingdom of Wisdom.
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende – the portal is a book (The Neverending Story), and the new world is called Fantastica.
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins – the portal is an old air duct, and the new world is called the Underland.
  • The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper – the portal is a golden acorn, and the new world is called the Otherworld.
  • 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson – cupboards hidden behind a bedroom wall are the portals.
  • Fireball by John Christopher – a fireball is the portal, and the new world is a parallel universe.

Portal Fantasy Books for Adults

Here are some examples if portal fantasy book written for adult readers.

  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R Donaldson.
  • The Untold Tale by J.M. Frey
  • The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
  • The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
  • The Fionavar Tapestry by Gay Gavriel Kay
  • The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
  • Almuric by Robert E Howard
  • Magic Kingdom for Sale-Sold! by Terry Brooks
  • A Sorcerer’s Treason by Sarah Zettel

Is Harry Potter a portal fantasy?

Although the Wizarding World exists alongside the world of the Muggles, it can only be observed and accessed by those in the know. There are two portals described in the first book in the series – Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station in London, and the entrance to Diagon Alley behind the Leaky Cauldron.

When Harry arrives at Hogwarts School of Withcraft and Wizardry, he certainly enters a new world, and it’s a world that the ordinary people of the world cannot enter because they can’t see it – the castle has been bewitched so that it looks to Muggle-eyes like a ruin with a ‘Do Not Enter’ sign.

However, even though portals exist in the Harry Potter books, because they aren’t the only way for magical folk to enter the Wizarding World (hiding in plain sight in the real world), the Harry Potter books aren’t strictly examples of portal fantasy books.

Eiichiro Oda Facts

Born in Kumamoto, Japan, Eiichiro Oda is a famous manga artist, best known for creating the One Piece series.

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One Piece
One Piece

Facts About Eiichiro Oda

  • When he was just four years old, Eiichiro Oda decided he wanted to become a mangaka, a manga artist.
  • He created Pandaman, and the character was used by Yudetemago (the pen name of Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai) in their wrestling-themed manga, Kinnikuman. Eichiro Oda later brought Pandaman back in his own work.
  • Eiichiro Oda submitted his work to Wanted! when he was 17, and he was the runner-up in the Tezuka Award.
  • He was employed by the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. At first, he worked under Shinobu Kaitani on Suizan Police Gang. After that, Eiichiro Oda worked under Masaya Tokuhiro on Jungle King Tar-chan.
  • When he was 19 years old, Eiichiro Oda worked as Nobuhiro Watsuki’s assistant on Rurouni Kenshin and he helped to create the character Honjō Kamatari (Great Scythe).
  • Eiichiro Oda’s one-shot manga, Ikki Yakō (Night Parade of the One Demon) was published in the 1994 Shonen Jump Spring Special. It features a monk named Guko, and it won the 1994 Hop Step manga award.
  • Inspired by the animated series Vicky the Viking, his favourite TV show as a teenager, Eiichiro Oda created two pirate-themed one-shots called Romance Dawn. They were published in 1996, and featured the character Monkey D. Luffy (who became the main protagonist in Oda’s One Piece series.
  • One Piece began publication in 1997. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump and grew into the best-selling manga series of all time.
  • Volume 67 of One Piece (published in 2012) sold over 4.05 copies in Japan alone.
  • When he is working, Eiichiro Oda only sleeps three hours a night and he often works for more than 15 hours per day.
  • By 2015, more than 300,000,000 copies of One Piece had been published around the world. The number now exceeds 450 million.
  • He is inspired by the creator of Dragon Ball, Akira Toryama.
  • During periods of focused work, Eiichiro Oda rarely takes a day off. He gets up at 5 in the morning, works throughout the day with few breaks, and then he goes to bed at 2 a.m. In order to complete a chapter of One Piece for the Weekly Shonen Jump anthology relentless schedule is required. He spends Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday planning the story, dialogue and layout. Thursday, Friday and Staurday are spent drawing and inking the panels, and Sunday is spent colouring.
  • At school, inspired by the Captain Tsubasa manga, Oda played soccer.
  • In 1999, One Piece was adapted into an anime series. In 2021, the Toei Animation released the 1000th One Piece episode.
  • Eiichiro Oda used to do oil painting as a hobby.
  • In 2004, Eiichiro Oda married Chiaki Inaba, an actress. They have two daughters.
  • When he was hospitalised in 2013 (due to a tonsil infection), Eiichiro Oda was seen working on the latest One Piece panels from his hospital bed.
  • Eiichiro Oda is a big fan of the rapper Eminem, and it is speculated that the One Piece character Enel is based on the hip-hop artist.
  • Some of Eiichiro Oda favourite movies are Seven Samurai, Young Guns, Reservoir Dogs, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. His favourite directors are Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann.
  • He likes listening to the soul music of Brook Benton, and he also likes the music of Bryan Adams.
  • Eiichiro Oda uses Copic markers to colour his pages, he also used watercolour paints, too.
  • He’s had the nickname Odacchi since he was a child.
  • Eiichiro Oda favourite real-life pirate is Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard.
  • He is a fan of the Dragon Quest videogame role-playing series.

Facts About Ben Miller

Ben Miller is a comedian, actor, TV writer, and author from the UK. He is probably best known for being one half of the Armstrong and Miller comedy duo (with Alexander Armstrong), and for his popular children’s books.

Here are some facts about Ben Miller.

  • Ben Miller was born in London in 1966, and he was raised in Nantwich in Cheshire.
  • He went to university at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences. He was in the same university theatre group as the actress Rachel Weisz.
  • Ben Miller began a PhD in solid-state physics, but he decided to pursue a career in comedy instead of completing his thesis.
  • In 1989 he joined Footlights (a Cambridge theatrical group) and worked with other soon-to-be-famous comedians such as Andy Parsons and Sue Perkins.
  • In 1994, Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong performed their first full-length comdey show together at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • The Armstrong and Miller TV comedy sketch show ran from 1997 to 2001.
  • In 2003, Ben Miller played the character Bough in the Johnny English movie. He returned to this role in 2018 for the movie Johnny English Strikes Again.
  • He starred as Detective Inspector Richard Poole in the Death in Paradise TV show.
  • Ben Miller was a guest star in a 2014 episode of Doctor Who. He played the Sheriff of Nottingham in an episode called the Robot of Sherwood.
  • He also appeared as King John in the sixth series of Horrible Histories (based on the books by Terry Deary).
  • Miller enjoys playing drums and guitars.
  • He is distantly related to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President.
  • Ben Miller’s first book for children was The Night I Met Father Christmas. It was published in 2018.
  • Other Ben Miller children’s books include The Boy Who Made the World Disappear, The Day I Fell into a Fairytale, How I Became a Dog Called Midnight, and Diary of a Christmas Elf.
  • Ben Miller is very keen on gadgets.
  • If he could time travel, he’d go back to the 17th century and see the beginning of science, and the court of Charles II.
  • He often loses his keys and his glasses.
  • He was didn’t get past the first round when he appeared on the celebrity edition of the game-show Pointless, called Pointless Celebrities.
  • Ben Miller played the role of Colonel Lancaster in the film Paddington 2.
  • The main characters in three of his books are based on his children. His daughter Lana is in The Day I Fell Into A Fairytale, his son Jackson is in The Night I Met Father Christmas, and his son Harrison is in The Boy Who Made the World Disappear.
  • One of his favourite places is Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons because it has fantastic views of the River Severn. He also likes Cirencester Park and Costwold Water Park.
  • As a child, he enjoyed reading the Brothers Grimm fairytales because they were creepy.
  • He often doesn’t finish the books he starts reading. If he is not interested in what he’s reading after three chapters, he sets it aside and picks up a different book.
  • Both of Ben Miller’s parents were English teachers.
  • He first met Alexander Armstrong (the other half of the Alexander and Miller comedy duo) on a barge in Chiswick.
  • He enjoys writing in coffee shops. He often writes in Triple Two, the cafe on Cricklade Street in Cirencester.
  • He enjoys holidaying in Marrakech in Morocco.
  • Some of his favourite books include, Rumble in the Jungle by Norman Mailer, Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein, Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin, Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter, Genome by Matt Ridley, Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green, Serpentine by Philip Pullman.

Facts About Erin Hunter, the Author of the Warriors Books

Here are some facts about Erin Hunter, the author of the popular Warriors, Seekers, and Survivors book series.

  • Erin Hunter is a pen-name. She isn’t one person. In fact, more than five authors (Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Inbali Iserles, Gillian Philip, Rosie Best and Tui T Sutherland), write under the pseudonym, Erin Hunter.
  • The original author of the Warriors series was Victoria Holmes. She lives in London but grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England. When a fan asks for a signed copy of an Erin Hunter books, it is usually signed by Victoria.
  • There are now over 100 books by Erin Hunter if you include the Manga titles, Super Editions and Ebook Exclusives.
  • The Warriors books tell the stories of four wildcat clans – Thunder Clan, Shadow Clan, Wind Clan and River Clan.
  • The authors have said that they draw inspiration from the works of Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and William Shakespeare.
  • Many readers have compared the Warriors series to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.
  • The Seekers series tells the tale of four bears cubs on their quest to find a new home.
  • The Survivors books are about a group of pet dogs who become a pack after they are separated from their owners by an earthquake.
  • The Bravelands series by Erin Hunter follows the adventures of a lion, baboon, and elephant as they find their place in the world and respond to the call of the wild.
  • All of the kitten characters in the Warriors books have names ending in kit. When they are apprentices, their names end with paw, and when they are fully grown, their names end with a prefix linked to their clan.
  • In a 2019 interview, Tui T. Sutherland revelaed how the Erin Hunter authors manage their collabortion. Victoria Holmes would come up with the idea for a new book and she would write a full outline. The outline was passed to Tui T. Sutherland (an editor at the publishers Harper Collins). Tui would have a story meeting with Victoria Holmes, and changes would be made to the book’s outline. The outline was then sent to one of the authors, usually Kate Cary or Cherith Baldry. Tui went on to write some of the books too.

[After the third Warriors book was completed] the storylines seemed almost to write themselves as the characters played out their dramas on their wooded stage, and I guess I figured that if the action excited me then it would probably excite a fair few other people as well

Victoria Holmes (2006)

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Best Kids’ Books About The Great Fire of London

Here are some great books on the topic of The Great Fire of London for kids.

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