Jaq Hazell is the award-winning author of My Life as a Bench (winner of the International Rubery Book of the Year 2017 and the Carousel Aware Prize Best YA Book), I Came to Find a Girl (Best Crime Fiction of 2015, the Telegraph), and London Tsunami & Other Stories. She writes for adults, children and YA and has been shortlisted for the Jane Austen Short Story Award and the Virginia Prize for Fiction. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Born near Portsmouth, she studied textile design at Nottingham and her first full-time job was at Buckingham Palace. She has also designed humorous greetings cards and worked as a journalist. She lives in London.