Celia Rees has written over twenty books for Young Adults and is perhaps best known for her historical fiction. Her first historical novel, Witch Child, was translated into 28 languages. Witch Child and subsequent titles, Sorceress and Pirates!, were shortlisted for the Guardian, Whitbread (Costa) and W.H. Smith Awards in the UK and won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy. Her book, This is Not Forgiveness, a dark, contemporary thriller, was nominated for several UK national awards and was one of Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012. She lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK and divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, reviewing and teaching creative writing.