Allie Anders is a pen name but
also the author's real name, as Allie is the shortened form of her middle
name and Anders is
part of her married name.
Allie Anders was born and brought up in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, and was an
avid reader from the age of five, when she first joined Bray Library. At this time she also began to write,
starting with poetry - here is her first poem:
The funny bunny
Had some money,
So he went to a shop
And bought a wishing lollipop.
He wished for a fish
And put it on a dish,
And lived happily ever after.
In her teens, Allie
graduated to writing short stories for women's magazines. Although she had written a couple of novels in the
1980s, it was only when she was a runner-up in The Mail on Sunday novel-opening competition in
1991 that she decided to devote herself to longer fiction, and she has now written six novels, of
which The Fairytale
Quest is her first children's
The book is dedicated to
the memory of Máirín O'Byrne, a truly inspirational lady who was children's librarian in Bray when Allie
was young, and went on to become well known and respected as Dublin City and County
Patrick Fox is a professional artist and writer who lives in Wales. His
beautifully rendered retro book jacket and 14 black-and-white interior illustrations help bring
alive the characters and story of The Fairytale Quest.