Liz Kessler


Today, LitPick is proud to announce Liz Kesslar on Six Minutes with an Author! Liz is the author of the New York Times best-selling series about Emily Windsnap, a spunky half-mermaid, as well as three adventures about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? and the Poppy the Pirate Dog series for young readers. Liz Kessler lives in Cornwall, where she enjoys spending time by the sea.

How did you get started writing?

Well, I started writing when I was fairly young. Around the age of eight, I started writing poems. I made a book of them for my beloved grandma (who we called Mama), and I used to think I wanted to be a poet. Then, quite a few years later, I started writing my books and have never looked back.

Who influenced you?

My English teacher was the biggest influence. She made me think that I had something more to offer than just messing about and being naughty (which I did quite a lot of when I was younger).

Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?

I like so many books, and read a lot of books – my favourite is quite often the one I have just finished. I am currently reading an advanced reader’s copy for the Young Adult book One by Irish writer Sarah Crossan. It is absolutely beautiful!

What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?

Work hard. Don’t give up. Listen to criticism and take it on board if you know it’s true. Work even harder. Oh, and read the writing tips on my website! You can find them here:

Where is your favorite place to write?

My office, with a gorgeous view of the sunrise and the sea.

What else would you like to tell us?

To go and have a play around on my website, There’s lots of good stuff there! :)


Thanks for spending six minutes with us, Liz. Your books are delightful, and your advice is absolutely swishy! Make sure to check out Emily Windsnap’s latest adventure, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls, available in print and ebook now.