Illustrator and artist Kate Knapp is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art. Her design studio, Twigseeds, produces cards, print, stationery and books. She is an Anglophile with a British mother and grandparents, and was inspired by The Magic Faraway Tree, Paddington Bear and Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas. She lives in Brisbane with her long term partner, but visits the UK every couple of years. Ruby Red Shoes was her first book, and has been shortlisted for local children's book illustration awards. This was followed by Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris and Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London.