Frances Watts was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. Her bestselling picture books include Goodnight Mice! (illustrated by Judy Watson), the winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Children’s Fiction; 2006 CBC Honour Book Kisses for Daddy (ill. David Legge); and 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia award-winner Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books (ill. David Legge). Frances is also the author of the fantasy/adventure series, the Gerander Trilogy and the Sword Girl series (ill. Gregory Rogers). The Raven’s Wing, set in Ancient Rome, and The Peony Lantern, set in nineteenth-century Japan, are her first middle grades/YA novels.