Alex Gutteridge is the author of 12 children’s books. Her work includes humorous young fiction, stories for reluctant readers, picture books and YA novels. Her book Oven Chips for Tea was broadcast on the radio and her novel, Last Chance Angel, was short-listed for six awards; the Essex Book Awards, the Hull Book Awards, the Lincolnshire Book Awards, the Lancashire Book Awards, The Kernow Youth Book Awards in Cornwall and the Romantic Novelists’ Book Awards. Her latest YA novel, No Going Back, has been short-listed for three awards and recently won the Northamptonshire Children’s Choice Book Award.
Alex was born and brought up in Leicestershire. An only child she spent a lot of time making up stories inside her head and sometimes getting into trouble for that! She dreamed of doing all sorts of things when she grew up, a teacher, an artist, a journalist, but she never thought it would be possible to be a children’s writer. It was only when her daughter was small that she thought to herself ‘if I’m going to have a go at writing that book which has been lurking at the back of my mind for years, then I should start now’. So she did. Her first book, Ghost Riders, was based on an old Leicestershire legend about a highwayman and his wife.
Alex is married with three grown-up children and a cat called Lily. One day she would like to get a dog and to keep chickens, (Lily wouldn’t like either of these ideas!). She likes baking and eating cake, walks in the countryside, exploring new places and, of course, reading.
Under the pen name of Lucy Cooper, Alex has also written a romantic novel for adults called This time it’s different.
Alex blogs every week about writing as well as all sorts of other things at alex-gutteridge.blogspot.co.uk
You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.