Alexander Gordon Smith
(27 February 1979, Norwich
) is an author
of books, mainly for children and young adults.
Born in 1979 in Norwich, England
, Alexander Gordon Smith began to write his first stories at the age of six. After leaving school he started writing non-fiction, including several children's books on space and geography and hundreds of articles for various magazines and partworks.
Between 2000 and 2003 he studied English literature
at the University of East Anglia
, where he set up a small poetry press called Egg Box Publishing
. Egg Box published a number of new poets, including Richard Evans, Ramona Herdman and poetry collective Aisle16, and continues to add to its list of books.
In October 2004
, Smith published a creative writing guide, "Inspired Creative Writing", for Infinite Ideas
Ltd. A followup guide, "Writing Bestselling Children's Books" was published in July 2007
Novels for Children
In Summer 2005, Smith and his nine-year-old brother Jamie Webb began writing The Inventors
(<sup>ISBN 0-571-23310-4</sup>), a children's novel. The book was shortlisted for The Wow Factor
, a national competition run by Waterstones
and Faber and Faber
publishers, and although it lost out to Sarah Wray
's The Forbidden Room
it was taken on by Faber and published in April 2007. The sequel, The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls
(<sup>ISBN... Read More