M. G. Leonard is an award winning, bestselling writer of books, poems and screenplays. She has a first-class honours degree in English literature from the Open University and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works as a freelance Digital Media Producer for clients such as the National Theatre, and Harry Potter West End, and previously worked as a Senior Digital Producer at the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Maya lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.
Beetle Boy was published in Spring 2016 by Chicken House in the UK, Scholastic in the US, Canada and Australia and has sold in thirty-nine territories, becoming a bestseller in the UK and the Netherlands, winning the 2017 Branford Boase Award for best debut children's novel and the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2017 for shorter novel as well as being longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Beetle Queen, the second part of the trilogy, was published in April 2017 in the UK to critical acclaim and has been nominated for the Carnegie medal.
Battle of the Beetles, the third part of the trilogy, is published 1 February 2018.
The Bug Hunters - a short story in the collection Make More Noise, published 1 February 2018.
The Beetle Collector's Handbook, a non-fiction companion to the trilogy will be published in June 2018.