I was born in Berkshire (where I went to school), graduated with a degree in history from St Andrews, then moved to London to get a job. Straight out of university, I had my first book published, A Horse for the Summer, whilst working in-house as an editor at Usborne Publishing. Editor by day, writer by night, meant many twilight hours spent at my desk. A Horse for the Summer was written under my maiden name, Michelle Bates, and forfilled all my childhood dreams (I was a pony-less, pony-obsessed child). I wrote the book as a one-off but it ended up being popular enough to allow me to write a further six titles about the characters. It was called the Sandy Lane Stables series (no connection to the Sandy Lane hotel, sadly).

I never dreamed  that I would still be writing some fifteen years on, but after my son was born in 2005 it seemed to make sense. I left my job in publishing and started editing from home on various projects, including Magic Ballerina for Darcey Bussell and Ugenia Lavender for Geri Halliwell. During this time, I also worked as a Script Consultant for the Bafta-nominated TV show Charlie and Lola.

I came up with the idea for the boys' series, Dinosaur Land, whilst I was at home and trying to find books for my son to make the bridge from picture books to black-and-white text. I wanted to create something simple but still illustrated. There are five books in the series. For girls, I have written Angel Wings - a series about a naughty angel called Ella who dreams of getting enough halo points to make it through the Guardian Angel Academy. My son's obsession with Star Wars brought me to the mantel of fighting machines with a collaboration with Matt Whyman - Battle Champions (I couldn't have possibly written the action scenes myself!). I collaborate on the Wild Friends series for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with Linda Chapman and have been lucky enough to be asked by Harper Collins Publishers to write the Hello Kitty fiction for Sanrio, also with Linda Chapman. They've been a lot of fun.

Out of all the books I've worked on, however, the books that remain especially important to me are the Wild Friends series because proceeds from the books go to support the charity WWF in helping endangered species.

Thanks for visiting my site nd I hope that you find something here for you.

Michelle xxx