Justin Somper was born and raised in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He graduated from Warwick University before going to work for Puffin and Random House Children’s Books. Nine years ago he set up Just So, a PR consultancy specialising in the children’s books market. Now living in North London, Justin combines his full-time PR job with his newly forged career as an author. The idea for Vampirates came to Justin in a full on ‘Eureka’ moment about six years ago. Justin is now a veritable mine of information on all things piratical.