Kirsten Richards grew up in a small village in the Berkshire Downs, in the South of England, where she spent most of her days running, jumping and climbing trees. If she wasn’t covered in mud, she would most probably be scribbling down stories to amuse her sister, or encouraging her pets to sit nicely whilst they had their portraits drawn --- they were about as challenging in their role as models as they were unimpressed with the results.
After completing a foundation Art and Design course she moved to Swansea where she spent three very happy years studying towards a degree in General Illustration. She graduated in 2006 and emerged bright eyed and bushy tailed into the world of children’s publishing.
Since then she has worked on a whole array of exciting projects, including books with Scholastic USA, Oxford University Press, Hodder Children’s Books, Thomas Nelson and Top That! One of the highlights of her career came in late 2008 when THE LITTLEST PILGRIM (Scholastic) made it’s mark, spending three weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list.