Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford, England, in 1970. From an early age he spent most of his free time scribbling stories, drawing cartoons, making comics and board-games, and generally ruining perfectly nice pieces of blank paper. At no time did he dream of being a great football player or rock star, but he did dream about writing books.
After studying English Literature at York University, Jonathan began work as an editor in a publishing house in London. He published his first book (a collection of word puzzles) in 1993, and followed this with several other puzzle-books. His first fantasy novel, Buried Fire, came out in 1999. At the end of 2001 he became a full-time writer, and he immediately began working on the first Bartimaeus novel, The Amulet of Samarkand. World rights to the series were sold in the summer of 2002.
As well as the Bartimaeus Sequence, Jonathan's novels include: The Leap (2001), The Last Siege (2003) and Heroes of the Valley (2009). He lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, children, guinea pigs and cat, and is still scribbling.