Mark Chambers was born in Aberdeen on a cold and windy day and shortly afterwards moved to warmer climates down south in rural Lincolnshire. Although he wanted to be a professional golfer, chef and fighter pilot (not all at the same time), he found that his skills were much more suited to being an illustrator so he went on to study a degree in Illustration at the University of Lincoln. Since then Mark has illustrated a wealth of picture books and young fiction. He won the Sheffield Children's Picture Book Prize for Pigeon Poo and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Noisy Bottoms. Mark lives and works in Lincoln. Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet is his first picture book with Macmillan.