Alex Woolf was born in London in 1964. During his teens, he played drums in a band. In his 20s, he rode his motorbike and travelled in America (where he nearly ended up as a barracuda’s lunch!). He also did lots of dull and dangerous jobs. His worst job was washing up in a restaurant kitchen full of cockroaches! Finally, he settled down to write books. He’s written loads of non-fiction books on subjects like sharks, robots and the Black Death. He also loves writing fiction. He’s been writing stories almost since he was able to hold a pen. Most recently he wrote a story called Chronosphere, about a place where time moves super-slow, so you can live a whole year in the space of a minute. Alex lives in Southgate, North London, with his wife, two children, and their gerbils, Tom and Jerry.