Author details

Lee Weatherly

Biography

I’m an award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults, including the bestselling YA series Angel. I’m also an experienced writing teacher and mentor, passionate about nurturing new talent. My work’s been translated into over 10 different languages.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, the UK’s been my home since 1995. Along with my husband and cat, I live in a rambling Victorian house in the Scottish Borders where I spend entire days in my pyjamas, writing and drinking coffee.

About writer's work

My work spans all age groups of children’s fiction, from picture books up through young adult and crossover. My main intent is always to tell the best, most involving story I can.

I often find myself exploring themes of identity: who are we behind the mask? Can you ever truly know someone else – or even yourself? The chance thought, “What if angels weren’t really what they seem?” led to my YA trilogy Angel – which as well as being an action-fuelled romance, grapples with questions of what makes us who we are. 

My latest YA series, the Broken trilogy, was inspired by my love of old films and Spitfires. Broken Sky is “set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America”. Loosely paralleling WWII, the series was both a challenge and a joy, older and darker than my previous titles. It’s ultimately about growing up, about forgiving and moving on.

My work for older readers tends to be structurally complex; I love weaving together multiple story threads and playing with different timelines and points of view. I’m fascinated by stories of ordinary people caught up in big, epic events. In my younger work, magic in the real world often makes an appearance. What if there’s a school for fairies hidden in that old oak tree? Or if that trio of tiny ceramic cats could come to life?

I’ve been writing professionally since 2002, and I’m always learning, always striving to improve. I believe that so much of storytelling happens in the spaces between the words – and that good writing is more about what a writer doesn’t say than what she does.

Awards:

Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2003 (Child X)

Stockport Children’s Book Award 2007 (Kat Got Your Tongue)

Leeds Book Award 2011 (Angel)

Leeds Book Award 2017 (Broken Sky)

Websites featuring the author

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Current events and projects

I’m an experienced speaker, teacher and performer, equally comfortable working with children or adults.

I’m happy to consider any sort of writing-related event. I do frequent school visits, festival appearances, panels, etc, where I commonly talk about my work, its themes and the writing life. I also run workshop courses and residential courses where I teach writing skills, give one to one feedback on manuscripts, and generally seek to support and encourage new talent.

I love working with keen readers and writers, but equally enjoy working with young reluctant readers. I’ve had great success in approaching them via verbal storytelling and story-crafting.

Some events I’ve done this past year include:

Performed at Wee Write in Glasgow to a group of 200+ secondary school children

Taught a residential writing course in Devon

Took part in a Waterstones Islington panel with Samantha Shannon and Alwyn Hamilton

Took part in a Waterstones Piccadilly panel with Philip Reeve

Did a series of secondary school visits in Edinburgh, to audiences of about 50+ each

Took part in a panel at MCM Comic Con in London.  

Other work

I’ve run writing workshops and residential courses for both children and adults since 2002, including for Arvon, SCBWI and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

With Helen Corner, I’m the co-author of Teach Yourself How to Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published (Hodder, 2006).

Email

leeweatherly@outlook.com

Local authority where they are based

Scottish Borders

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Paw Power cover

Paw Power: Pocket Cats book 1

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Written as Kitty Wells. Maddy has always wanted a cat, but now she's got something even better - three small ceramic cats which come to life and give her magical powers!
Flying High cover

Flying High, Glitterwings Academy book 1

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Written as Titania Woods. Glitterwings Academy is the fairy school to go to, and Twink is so excited to be starting her first term. But she is also a little nervous. Will she make friends?
Angel Fever cover

Angel Fever

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Willow and Alex are mankind's only hope. With the world in ruins, the angels are enslaving humanity, moving survivors into camps where they devour their energy, causing slow but certain death.
Angel Fire cover

Angel Fire

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn’t alone, though.
Angel cover

Angel

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Willow knows she’s different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars. Willow has a gift.
Black Moon cover

Black Moon

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance... Leading them is Amity.

Darkness Follows

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death.
Broken Sky cover

Broken Sky

Author(s): Lee Weatherly
Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?