I grew up in the North East of England, but I don't sound like it (except when shouting at the footy). Now I live in the North East of the USA, another place full of crazy sports fans with mad accents. In between the two I lived in London - mainly in the North East of London, actually - do we see a pattern here..?

I trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and trod the boards for a few years, then became a producer, running my own touring theatre company. It was during this time that I started writing plays for children and pantomimes, some of which are still being performed today. In fact, if you watched a panto at a school in England any time over the last twelve years, there's a pretty good chance that I wrote it. (That's if it was any good. If not, then it was definitely not one of mine.)

In 2008 the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators named me a winner of their search for new writers, and published my work in their inaugural anthology, Undiscovered Voices.

My first novel UNDEAD will be published by Chicken House on 1st September 2011. Order now Waterstones and Amazon

I'm represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.

You can find out more about me and UNDEAD on my Facebook page, and my Twitter.

Kirsty McKay