The youngest of three daughters in a clergy family, I moved around frequently throughout my childhood... from North Wales to Stockport to the Welsh Valleys to Newcastle, Luton, Liverpool and London. This may explain an unreasonable affection for draughty vicarages, male voice choirs, masala dosa and iced buns.
After studying History and English at Liverpool University, I lived in Hong Kong where I taught at an International School. I returned to the UK to work for the BBC and began a career in children's publishing and television as a writer and commissioning editor. I went to work with Bob the Builder, rode the train with Driver Dan and frequently had tea with the Gruffalo.
I began writing books of my own in 2012. Since then, I have been published in 30 languages from Arabic to Afrikaans and from Catalan to Korean.
I live in London with my family, reading, writing and eating avocado pears. We have no pets, other than one well behaved dragon named Doris.
The name Smriti comes from the ancient language, Sanskrit, and means remembrance - or memory.
It's a name that often presents a challenge to people I meet for the first time (particularly grown-ups). As there are several consonants together, it can look a bit worrying at first sight... so I've been called everything from Samantha to Serendipity! However, it's actually quite easy to say. Honest. It's pronounced exactly as it's spelt and, if in doubt, remember that Smriti rhymes with Pretty and Witty and you won't go wrong!!