Louise Cooper was born in Hertfordshire in 1952. She spent most of her school years writing stories when she should have been concentrating on lessons, and her first fantasy novel, The Book of Paradox, was published in 1973, when she was just twenty years old. Since then she has published more than sixty books for adults and children, including the bestselling Sea Horses quartet. Louise now lives in Cornwall with her husband, Cas Sandall. When she isn't writing she enjoys singing, playing various instruments, cooking, gardening and is treasurer of her local Royal National Lifeboat Institution.