Tania Unsworth grew up thinking that being a writer was the best thing in the world to be. Her dad was a writer, and her family traveled around Greece and Turkey until she was seven. Those years were wonderful, full of color and adventure. But because her family moved around a lot, she was never really sure where her home was. Ever since then, she’s been caught between wanting to roam the world and wanting to stay safe. Her writing often reflects this.
She spent the rest of her childhood in England. She didn’t like school but she read a lot. Every year for Christmas, she wrote a story for her dad. They were just short little things, but because she wrote them in an exercise book and numbered the pages, she could pretend they were real novels. Sometimes she had to write using VERY LARGE letters to fill up the space.
Later she worked in a bookshop and then on the features desk of a women’s magazine. In the UK, she’s published two novels for adults. Brightwood is her second book for children.
Tania lives in Boston with her husband, two sons, a dog called Plum, and a pair of cats.