(Author of Murder Most Unladylike)
Hana is the author of The Unadoptables, an historical adventure set in 19th century Amsterdam. If Matron Gassbeek were to introduce Hana as one of her orphans, she would most probably do it like so:
"Hana, age 30-ish, likes cats and catnaps, eats far too many stroopwafels, handwriting is acceptable, cooking-skills are atrocious, but she can wiggle her nose like a bunny. Hana comes with odd socks and a blanket covered in cat-fluff."
Hana was born in Alkmaar, Netherlands, in 1985 and moved to England in the late 1990s. She now lives in Bath with a big human, a little human, and an even littler cat. Hana is constantly inspired by and in awe of the curious, determined, and imaginative children and young people she works with. She hopes to grow up to be just like them one day.
Hana used to have a pet water-buffalo called Buffy.
She plays guitar (mediocrely) and mouth-trumpet (excellently).
Her boss is a cat called Moop (see photo gallery).
Hana can cycle without holding on to the handle bars.
She can summon Moop by whistling the Addams Family theme tune.
Her favourite book is Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Hana is not actually called Hana. Her real name is Hanneke.
'Tooke' is a Viking name. Hana is, therefore, probably descended from Thor.
She can't say the word 'effortlessly' - please don't ever ask her to.
Hana can't think of a tenth fun fact.
Readers, I'd love to hear from you!
There are many ways of getting in contact, should you wish to ask me about my books (or about cats, bats, stroopwafels, eyeball necklaces, and windmills). I will endeavour to respond as quickly as I can, but it might take a few weeks/months. (Please also ask permission from a parent/guardian first).
If you'd like to send me a letter, please send it to: HANA TOOKE, C/O PUFFIN PUBLICITY, PENGUIN, 80 STRAND, LONDON WC2R 0LR (If you'd like me to write back, please also include a return address)
Ye Olde Poste
If you'd like to send me an email:
Or find me on social media: @hannekewrites (twitter) @hanatooke (instagram)
If you don't have access to the above, but DO have access to a friendly-ish cat: simply whisper your message in the cat's ear, tell them MY cat's name (Moop), and your message might make its way to me... one day. This method has a 0.01% success rate.
Professionals, I'd love to hear from you too!