Lauren O'Hara is an illustrator from the north of England. As a child she loved reading fairy tales, painting insects and listening to her grandmother's stories. She studied art and illustration at Kingston University and then designed window displays and props for film. Lauren's career as an illustrator began when she and her sister, Natalia worked together on a picture book, Hortense and the Shadow. This was published in 2017 and followed in 2018 by The Bandit Queen. Lauren lives in a converted church in Dublin, Ireland with her partner, their cat Ida and assorted ghosts.