Annie Dalton has worked as a waitress, a cleaner, and a factory worker before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer. The Notts Book Award went to her for her novel The After Dark Princess. The Real Tilly Beany and Night Maze were both nominated for the Carnegie Award. The Sheffield Children's Book Award shortlisted Naming the Dark and Swan Sister. Annie grew up in Dorset but now calls Suffolk home.