ABOUT NATASCHA BIEBOW
Natascha Biebow is the author of The Crayon Man (2019), Elephants Never Forget and Is This My Nose?, winner of the Booktrust Best Book for Babies. She has several other writing projects underway, including non-fiction picture books and a middle-grade fiction novel.
She has over 25 years’ experience commissioning and editing pre-school novelty books, picture books, early readers, young fiction, and (pop-up) non-fiction at ABC, Dorling Kindersley and Random House Children’s Books in London. She is the founder of Blue Elephant Storyshaping, a coaching, editing and mentoring service aimed at helping children’s authors and illustrators shape their picture books, young fiction and novels pre-submission. Find out more at www.blueelephantstoryshaping.com
She has been the Regional Advisor of the British Isles Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers since 1998.
She was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, where she attended the American school. She has lived in London since 1993, where she moved after completing a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Smith College, MA.
Now she lives just outside London with her family. She loves reading, eating chocolate, spending time with kids and travelling to exciting new places. Her favourite colour is blue and, ever since she was little, her favourite animals were elephants.
My favourite job is shaping stories! I have a talent for visualizing books and encouraging authors and illustrators to find the heart of their stories. I love collaborating with people who are passionate about their work and understand that creating a great book is a journey, an organic process that evolves over time. I am working on various picture books and a young fiction novel.