Joanna Simmons studied English and European literature at the University of Warwick and has worked as a journalist since 1995, after a stint teaching English in Tokyo. She has written for a big range of magazines and newspapers, from Livingetc to The Guardian, and has had several books on interiors published. She also co-wrote a humorous parenting book, Can I Give Them Back Now?: The Aargh To Zzzzzz Of Parenting, which was published by Square Peg in summer 2009, and reissued in paperback in 2010.
Inspired by two young sons who are ever on the hunt for fun, lively fiction, Joanna is currently working on a series of quirky capers for young readers, the first book, Pip Street: A Whiskery Mystery was published in March 2013
She lives in Brighton with her husband, boys and cat Pickle. She likes running and reading (but not at the same time, obviously).