Dugald Steer was born in 1965, has two children and lives in Barcelona. He lived in York and Germany (briefly) as a child, before returning with his family to Surrey, where he grew up.
His love of books and reading led him to study English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol University where he was an avid contributor to the Poetry Society Magazine, before working for a Friends of the Earth-sponsored Paper Recycling Cooperative in Bristol, doing a TEFL course and going to live in Spain for five years. On returning he got a job with Templar Publishing, working his way up to become an editor. He has since gone freelance in order to pursue writing for children full-time and moved to Catalonia with his Spanish wife, where his main hobby (apart from reading) is cycling around the local hills.
He is the author of the hugely successful Ology series that includes Dragonology (writing as Dr. Ernest Drake), Egyptology (as Emily Sands), Wizardology (as the wizard Merlin!). Pirateology (as Capt. William Lubber), Mythology (as Lady Hestia Evans), Monsterology (as Dr. Drake), Spyology (as Spencer Blake) and Alienology (as Dr. Allen Grey) as well as the Ology handbooks, the Dragonology Pocket Adventures among others. Watch out for Dugald's latest Ology title, and The Dragonology Chronicles: The Dragon's Eye, The Dragon Diary, The Dragon's Apprentice and The Dragon Prophecy. (All published by Templar)
He has written a large number of books, including Mythical Mazes, Scary Fairies, An Accidental Christmas, Just One More Story and The Night Tiger among others. He has edited many other books, has created Picture This... and Alphabet with Alison Jay and has also written The Toys' Easter Surprise and the Little Mouse series. Dugald has written the handbooks How to be a Knight and How to be an Explorer.