Laura Atkins has always been an avid reader of children’s books. She spent seven years in the children’s publishing industry in the United States. After that, she received an MA in Children’s Literature from the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in England. Laura has taught at the University of Newcastle and Roehampton University, as well as providing freelance editorial services. Her most recent book, Biddy Mason Speaks Up, is the second in the Fighting for Justice series for children. She is now based in Berkeley, California where she offers manuscript critiquing, mentoring and runs writing workshops.