Marie Colot (Belgium)
Marie Colot is one of Belgium’s best-loved children’s authors. She has written 14 novels for ages 6-18 and won the prestigious IBBY Libbylit Prize in 2014. She was a schoolteacher before turning to writing full-time. Her latest YA novel was written in collaboration with students from 18 classrooms on an online writing workshop, where students contributed characters and plot lines. When not writing, she collects elephants, practices yoga, and eats crème brulée.