Amy Fletcher was born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She still lives there with Spice, her long-haired dachshund, who doesn’t really approve of writing, though at least she has stopped being jealous of the laptop!
Her first Chalet book, when she was about 10, was Jo of the Chalet School, which came from a neighbour with older girls. From then on she accessed more from the library (her second home!), and with every book token. She still reads them constantly, working her way through the series in order, including every fill-in she can get her hands on. Some are now sufficiently fragile to have to live in plastic bags, pending GGBP republishing them! At bedtime she needs to read something that is well written, familiar, and turns out well in the end, and her Chalet books fill that slot admirably well. When the pile of books by her bed starts to topple they go back in the bookcase until their turn comes round again. Her younger brother shared her enthusiasm, and eventually gave her FOCS membership for a birthday present, (around the year 2000) and a copy of New Beginnings by Heather Paisley—her first inkling that anything was being added to the series. Anticipating a period of relative inactivity following a planned hip re-surfacing in 2008, she thought she would have a go at a Chalet fill-in and Sisters at the Chalet School was the result. She found the writing process so addictive that she could not stop, and so here is the next one—A Refuge for the Chalet School! This involved two trips to the beautiful island of Guernsey, and her only problem about that is that she wants to go back!