Heidi Cooper Smith knew from the age of 11 that she wanted to write and illustrate books. Then, during a Visual Arts degree, she fell in love with Ceramics and spent the next 20 years covered in clay. She rediscovered picture books through her three small children, and in 2014 began drawing again. Six months later, Heidi was offered her first contract to illustrate Two Birds on a Wire (by Coral Vass). In 2015 and 2016 she won the CYA illustrated manuscript competition, which led to the creation of her first book as both author and illustrator, Kate and the Thing, released in 2018.