Kristina Stephenson was born in the desert and by the age of two she was very good at building sand castles. As a child she loved making up stories and making a mess with paper, paints and glue. After school she trained as a set and costume designer and had a successful career in theatre and Children’s Television until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks), she created the wonderful Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.