Richard Byrne became a published author/illustrator in 2011 with his first children's picture book Millicent and Meer. To avoid a proper job he's gone on to illustrate many more since. Going way, way back before all this he was born in London, brought up in Brighton and has now settled near Chichester with his partner, their two teenage children and Juno the cavapoo. The intervening years were spent studying graphic design in Sussex before moving to Manchester and then rural West Yorkshire before returning to the south coast. As well as creating children’s picture books he also keeps up with some graphic design and intersperses all that with a bit of guitar, running, gardening, embarrassing the kids and probably far too much time enjoying the local countryside and coast.