YA Author

Tess James-Mackey spent years mucking out and getting trampled on by horses, before finally realising she might prefer a less precarious office job. Between analysing insurance risk, she writes teens into terrifying situations inspired by her lived experiences, from softplay in an abandoned prison, camping in the wilds of the Black Mountains and raising a child with a terrifying imaginary friend.

When she's not allowing her mind to wander to dark and twisty places, she pursues more wholesome activities, like growing mediocre vegetables in her garden, camping with her sometimes-scary daughter, and even riding the odd horse.