Sophie Masson was born in Indonesia to French parents and brought up in France and Australia. She is the multi-award-winning and internationally published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults. Her latest books (all 2019) include children’s historical novel War and Resistance (Scholastic Australia) as well as three picture books: There’s A Tiger Out There, illustrated by Ruth Waters (Little Hare); On My Way, illustrated by Simon Howe, (Scholastic Australia) and Join the Armidale Parade, illustrated by Kathy Creamer (Little Pink Dog Books). A House of Mud is based on Sophie and her family’s experience of building their own mudbrick house near Armidale in northern NSW – an experience which included the lively involvement of her children and the family dog, Tess!
Kathy Creamer is a children’s illustrator and writer. Kathy and her husband, Peter Creamer, are passionate about Orangutan Conservation. This all began 25 years ago, whilst visiting and then working at the Singapore Zoological Gardens with the volunteer docent team. Kathy was inspired by the gentle and loving personality of Ah Meng, who was the Zoo’s icon and animal ambassador at that time. Kathy has been published by Oxford University Press, Reed International, Julia Gabriel Communications, and other organisations. She has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the renowned Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University in England. Kathy has also run her own successful publishing venture called Creative Characters Publishing that was based in the UK. Having emigrated to Australia over 12 years ago, she now lives in Armidale, and with her husband, Peter, has set up Little Pink Dog Books Children’s Picture Book Publishing.