Barbara Catchpole taught for over forty years before becoming a full time writer. Her interest in special needs education and disability issues was first sparked by her middle son, who was born profoundly deaf. Barbara writes primarily for reluctant and struggling readers, with the aim of entertaining the reader and developing empathy for the characters. She is the author of the best selling Pig series. Stephen Rickard is a writer, editor and publisher, and undertakes various projects in music, consulting and other areas. He has written and developed many award-winning books and software titles. Stephen specialises in books that develop reading skills and an enthusiasm for reading in reluctant and struggling readers.