Oliver Fordham was a primary school teacher for twenty-five years, with the final six spent as a headteacher. In 2013, he went into semi-retirement. He has published various resources using his pen name, Conway Coulter. These have included: a songbook and CD, Songs for School Citizens; a musical play, Dick Whittington and the Banking Crisis; and his very popular spelling scheme, Fred the Flea. Since leaving teaching, he has tried his hand as a tree surgeon, a furniture restorer, a driving instructor and, most recently, as a cake fulfilment operative. This is his debut in children's fiction. He is based in Leicestershire.