Frances Watts was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. She studied literature at univeristy, and then spent 10 years working with some of Australia's most talented authors and illustrators as an editor.
Her bestselling picture books include Goodnight Mice! illustrated by Judy Watson, the winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literacy Award for Children’s Fiction; 2006 CBC Honour Book Kisses for Daddy illustrated by David Legge; and 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia award-winner Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books also illustrated by David Legge. Frances is also the author of the fantasy/adventure junior novels and series, the Gerander Trilogy and the Sword Girl series, illustrated by 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.