For ten years Sam Enthoven worked as a part-time bookseller in London's Charing Cross Road, living mostly (by necessity) off instant noodles while honing his skills as a writer of fantastical action thrillers for eleven to fifteen year olds. To his great glee and delight in September 2006 his authorial dreams came true when his debut novel THE BLACK TATTOO was published by Random House Children's Books. In January 2008 his second book TIM, DEFENDER OF THE EARTH was released and a third, CRAWLERS, is (as of April 2010)
Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of seven novels for children and young adults. The first, The Inventors, was co-written by his then nine-year-old brother Jamie, who researched the book by testing out dozens of extremely dangerous inventions on Gordon. It was shortlisted for the Wow Factor Award, and the sequel – The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls – came out in 2008. His latest series is called Furnace, and is about a fourteen-year-old thief who is sent to a prison full of monsters. Reviewers unanimously agree that the five books are terrifying, and when discussing foreign rights markets Gordon's agent once told him that "it's too scary, we'll never sell it."