About Keilly Swift, Children’s Author and Editor
Publishing my first children’s book is a dream come true! To be an author has been an ambition of mine since I was a little girl.
I’ve worked in children’s publishing for more than fifteen years, launching, editing and writing all sorts of things, including Dorling Kindersley Find Out, The Magical World of Roald Dahl, The Magic Key and Thomas the Tank Engine magazines. I’m now Managing Editor at First News, the UK’s only national newspaper for young people, which has more than two million readers each week. So, I’m no stranger to the world of publishing, but there is something extra-special about having my very own book published.
I grew up in the Bahamas, where I was something of a curiosity at the local school with my pale skin, blonde hair and very large glasses! I remember the upheaval of returning to the UK as the new girl with an unusual accent almost as clearly as the shock of the wet British weather and my very first glimpse of snow!
I’ve also lived in Switzerland, the USA and Japan, where I spent three years teaching English in elementary and junior high schools. I like to take every opportunity to have an adventure, whether that’s bungee jumping in New Zealand or scuba diving in South East Asia.
I’m also just as happy at home in London with my husband, Nick, and cat, Jarvis (who may be smaller than a tigon or a liger but probably eats just as much as them!).
I hope my work, both with First News and my own writing, helps children to make sense of the world and their place in it. The Tigon and the Liger explores the themes of acceptance and the celebration of difference. It is dedicated to my baby girl, who was born on 18th August this year. It is also for anyone who has ever felt they don’t belong… you do and you’re amazing, just as you are.