Gill Arbuthnott thinks writing for young people is one of the best jobs in the world and when she's not teaching biology at an Edinburgh secondary school, she's writing picture books, popular science books, and novels for children and young adults.
Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh and
attended James Gillespie's High School, alma mater of Muriel Spark
and the incomparable Jean Brodie, where she was taught and inspired
improbable collection of bluestockings and eccentric spinsters.
She studied Zoology at St Andrews University, then trained as a teacher, mainly so she could spend another year being a student. She mistakenly thought she would make a good scientific researcher, so set off to do a PhD in Southampton. It took her two years to realise she wasn't nearly clever enough to do research, though her poor supervisor realised this much sooner. She fled the south of England and returned to Edinburgh to teach Biology. She is still teaching, and lives in Edinburgh with her family, and Leonard the homicidal cat.
Gill started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil, and still gets a kick every time she sees her name on a book. She wrote in secret until she got her first contract (for The Chaos Clock published by Floris Books in 2003), so her family were pretty surprised when she told them about it.
Since that first novel she has penned her first picture book, as well as a number of popular science books and more novels for children and young adults. She thinks writing for children is one of the best jobs in the world, and loves doing events, especially in schools.