Ghost authors for children

I’m shocked! Lucy Daniels, author of the Animal Ark series of children’s books, doesn’t exist. Nor does Daisy Meadows, author of the currently popular Rainbow Magic series.

I already knew that Francine Pascal did not really write the Sweet Valley High books, and that Carolyn Keane did not write Nancy Drew. Mills and Boon is also well known for its pseudonymous authors. But now I learn (via The Times Saturday books supplement again) that there is a company called Working Partners that is responsible for a huge number of series "single author" books. Examples provided (never heard of them) are the Lady Grace mysteries, Warriors and Beast Quest (in development).

"I am surprised that they are the only company of their kind in Britain" says Penny Morris, a director of Orchard, the company that publishes the Rainbow Magic series. "They now cover all the bases with their ideas." Oh, that’s OK then.

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  1. Conversely I was always convinced that J K Henneyson (not sure of spelling) who wrote the range of gardening expert books must surely be a team – there was such a wide range of knowledge – but no, I met him once – just one very sweet little man…really lovely man …but his books had been such a success he could afford to have people in to do his own garden.

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