Hi. My name is Chris d'Lacey. That's me on the right aged 7. I'm married with no children and I live in Devon, England. Crikey, I sound like a contestant in a game show, don't I?

Can you tell I would grow up to be a writer? Can you make an image of a typewriter by joining up the dots of my freckles?

My early aspirations...

I haven't always been a writer. In my teenage years I dreamt of being a famous rock star, like David Bowie. I even dyed my hair a funny colour and got told off at school for looking a prat. Stop laughing! I wrote lots of songs before I started writing stories, including my very own Christmas single! Here's a picture of me playing the guitar. Think I'd make it onto Pop Idol or what?

How I started...

Some writers start scribbling stories as soon as they are old enough to hold a pen. I thought pens were for chewing while you tried to get the perspective right when drawing football nets. Apparently not. Sometimes children say to me, "Were you dead good at stories at school?" The answer is no. I was rubbish! My English teacher once told me that I didn't have a creative thought in my head. I think they must have been hiding in my socks. Incredibly, I was 32 (ancient, eh?) before I wrote my first children's story. And I didn't write another for seven years. Then a friend told me about a competition to write a story for young children. I wasn't going to have a go at first - until I found out the first prize was 2000. So I started scribbling, fast! I didn't win (boo!) but I sent the story off to a publisher and they accepted it. It was called A Hole at the Pole and you can read more about it by clicking on the title.

Chris then

Chris now (honest!)

Pop Idol?

Here's me in the park
(I'm the one on the left!)

A school visit

The author's shoes

The author's breakfast

The author, having had his breakfast and put on his shoes, sits down to write another exciting esipode!

The story so far...

Now I've got quite a few books out. Some are for very young children and some are novels for older readers. I like to think that all my books are funny. You may not agree! My main topics are animals and football, but there is often a LOVE ELEMENT in my books. Oh no, now I have made all the boys that are reading this go Yeuchh! I have written about polar bears, pigeons, squirrels, snails, pirates, ducks and dragons. I'm probably best known for my dragon novels but my most famous story is Fly, Cherokee, Fly, which was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. You can read how that book and others came about by going to the books link on my home page and clicking on their titles.

For answers to some of those burning questions about me,

click here!