Libby Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2011.
Libby was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award in 2016, and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women’s Novel award (2015).
She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment.
Like a few characters in the book, Libby spent time in Germany as a child. She lived on an RAF base in Germany as her father was in the air force.
Libby started writing short stories in 1997 after the birth of her first child. However, life got in the way over the years, until she began writing her first novel in 2012. She wrote four other manuscripts before beginning 99 Red Balloons in 2015.
Libby has had various occupations: company secretary, charity shop manager, and is currently a book keeper.