Nicola Morgan studied Classics and Philosophy at Cambridge University, before becoming an English teacher at a small school. Working with children with dyslexia and other reading and writing difficulties inspired her to set up Magic Readers, a pre-school scheme to encourage parents and children to enjoy reading activities together. By 1999, the success of Magic Readers led to the development of the Child Literacy Centre website, and the success of her early learning books enabled her to leave teaching and write full-time.
She has written over 50 early learning books, including several Thomas the Tank Engine stories, and many of her children’s non-fiction books remain best-sellers. But she always wanted to write fiction and her first – and favourite – novel, Mondays are Red, was published in 2002. Morgan also writes non-fiction, notably Blame My Brain, a guide for parents and their children to understanding the teenage brain. Blame My Brain was nominated for the Royal Society’s Aventis Junior Prize for Science Books.
Nicola lives in Edinburgh and London.