M. G. Leonard is a writer of books, poems and screenplays. She has a first-class honours degree in English literature 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 is M. G. Leonard’s debut, and the first part of a trilogy. It was published in Spring 2016 by Chicken House in the UK. Waterstones made it their book of the month, The Times made it their Children's Book of the Week and it has already sold over fifty thousand copies. Beetle Boy is published by Scholastic in the US, Canada and Australia and has sold in thirty-seven territories. 

Beetle Queen, the second part of the trilogy is published in April 2017, with the final book coming in summer 2018.

Above, The Royal Ballet Company and legendary choreographer Peter Wright, after a performance of Giselle with Beetle Boy.

Right, Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy with Maya in 1996, shooting the cover image for the album Casanova. Photo: Kevin Westenberg

“IT’S FAB! Beetle Boy is full of musty professors, hideous villains, secret hideouts and heroic insects... I can’t wait for the next one!”
— Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy