My name is Anne McAlpine and I'm a children's author. Before I was a full-time writer, I was a primary school teacher. I've written stories since I was a child. I began by making up stories to tell to my four little sisters. Then I wrote plays for me and my friends to act out. There's never been a time in my life when I've not been making up and writing down stories. But, because I was busy being a teacher and a mother, it took a very long time to get my first book written. I was born in Scotland. I grew up there and it's where I still live. But I've also travelled all over the world. I've visited every continent except Antarctica - somewhere I really want to go as I absolutely love penguins. When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading, going for walks, and riding pillion on my husband's motor bike. I also love spending time with my friends and family - most especially my two grandchildren. The Silver Locket is my first book for children. It's an exciting historical adventure. I wrote it mainly for nine to twelve-year-olds, but I hope anyone who likes a story with a bit of history, danger and time-travel in it will enjoy it.