Sally Nicholls is a best-selling British children’s book author who was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. Nicholls and her brother, Ian were raised by their mother; their father died when Nicholls was two. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Nicholls would answer, “I’m going to be a writer.” This was a very definite path for Nicholls. She had always wanted to write and she had always loved reading. She spent most of her childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. As a child, Nicholls was a real tomboy – she liked riding her bike, climbing trees and building dens in the garden. She loved making up stories, so much that she used to wander around the school playground during break and make up stories in her head. Nicholls received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick. She then went on to get her “Writing for Young People” master’s degree at Bath Spa University. It was here that she wrote her first novel Ways to Live Forever
. The book was published in 2008 by Marion Lloyd Books at Scholastic, and later made into a movie directed by Gustavo Ron in 2010. Nicholls came out with her following book Season of Secrets
in 2009, All Fall Down
in 2012, and her latest book Close Your Pretty Eyes
in 2013. Nicholls currently lives in Oxford and continues to pursue her passion for writing.
If Nicholls had a Things-I-Want-To-Do list, she would “like to see the Earth from space and I’d always wanted to run up down escalators. My biggest ambition was to have a novel published and my weirdest is to sail across the Pacific in a balsa wood raft – I’ve wanted to do that ever since I read a book called The Kon Tiki Expedition. I’d like to see the Northern Lights. I’d like to go to the Last Night of the Proms in the Albert Hall. I’d like to have a child someday. I’d like to learn to juggle. I’d like to win the Booker, the Carnegie, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’d like, twenty years from now, to meet people at parties and have them say ‘Wow! You’re Sally Nicholls! I loved your books as a kid!’”