Linda Strachan is an award-winning author of over 70 books, including the bestselling Hamish McHaggis series, novels for older children and many educational titles. An inspirational speaker in schools, libraries and at conferences, in the UK and as far afield as New Zealand, Linda is also a Patron of Reading and former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Darren Gate is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Glasgow. He won the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Bologna Children's Book Illustration Prize. He has illustrated several books for children, including the first book in the Fact-tastic Stories from Scotland's History series, A Secret Diary of the First World War.