Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland in 1962 and worked in the computer industry before taking up writing.
He is the author of several books of fantasy for 9-12 year olds and young adults. His first book, The Doomspell, was published in 2000 and was the first of a trilogy of the same name. The second and third books of the series are The Scent of Magic (2001) and The Wizard's Promise (2002), and tell the story of two young gifted siblings. They have been published in 22 languages worldwide.
A second trilogy followed, known as The Silver Sequence, comprising The Silver Child (2003); Silver City (2004); and Silver World (2005), the story of a group of six specially chosen children with special powers.
Five stand alone novels have followed these trilogies: Breathe (2006), a ghost story; Angel (2007); Savannah Grey (2010), a supernatural thriller with a 15-year-old protagonist; The Hunting Ground (2013), another ghost story; and My Friend Twigs (2015).
Going Home (2014), is a change in direction from his usual fantasy and supernatural stories. Aimed at 9-12 year olds, it is a heartfelt comedy about four dogs stuck in a rescue centre.