Heidi Cooper SmithAt an early age Heidi knew she wanted to write and illustrate picture books. But during a Visual Arts degree, she fell in love with Ceramics and spent the next 20 years covered in clay. Heidi rediscovered her passion for drawing in 2014 when she joined the online ’52-week illustration challenge’.

Six months later she was offered her first illustration contract with Koala Books for Two Birds on a Wire (by Coral Vass). This wonderful experience inspired her to start writing, and in 2015 and 2016 she won the CYA illustrated manuscript competition (aspiring). Kate and the Thing is Heidi’s first book as both author and illustrator.