It was thanks to K.M. Peyton that Linda Newbery began writing young adult fiction after wanting to be an author from the age of eight. As a student in her early twenties she came across Flambards and felt that it could have been written especially for her. The two authors later became friends, and Linda has already dedicated one of her novels, The Damage Done, to Kathy. Linda’s novels for DFB include Set in Stone, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.