Sam Hay grew up in Scotland in a family of bookworms. She always wanted to be a writer. She trained as a journalist in Edinburgh and worked in newspapers and for BBC Television, before moving to Wales to write children’s books. Since then she’s had more than 30 children's books published, including Do Not Wash this Bear, Dinosaurs United and Star in the Jar for Egmont. Her new picture book version of Wizard of Oz publishes with Egmont in September 2018, along with a new chapter book series - Spy Penguins for Macmillan (US).