Michael Mann is the author of Ghostcloud, a magical middle-grade adventure story set deep underneath a richly reimagined London, inspired by his coal-mining grandad. At age 10, he won his first writing competition at school, for a poem about potatoes. He had to shake hands with a giant potato in front of the whole school and still has the photo to prove it. More recently, he was a winner of the 2019 London Writer’s Award (Spread the Word) and SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2020. As a person of British and Indian heritage, he is passionate about diversity in children’s literature.
Michael was born in London but moved to North Yorkshire when he was ten. He’s now back in London, where he lives with his partner and two children. He wrote Ghostcloud while teaching in a primary school and mostly writes when he should be sleeping.