Yvonne Coppard worked as a secondary school teacher, child protection adviser and foster parent before establishing her career as a writer. She writes both fiction and non-fiction and has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Anglia Ruskin and Essex universities. Yvonne’s early writing included a stint writing short stories for women’s magazines and a book about her life as a foster mother (Room for One More, writing as Beth Miller).
Among Yvonne’s many books for children are some that tackle serious and sensitive issues (Bully; The Rag Bag Family; Abuse: Sometimes, Families Hurt) but she also enjoys a more humorous take on family life (Not Dressed Like That, You Don’t!; What’s Cooking, Alex?) She has been delighted to gain award success in both, and to see her work adapted for stage and radio. Yvonne was a contributing writer to the BBC children’s series, The Wild House and also wrote a spin-off novel for Channel 4’s cult teen drama series, As if.
Yvonne’s latest non-fiction book is Writing Children’s Fiction: a Writer’s and Artists’ Companion, co-written with Linda Newbery.