Liz Kessler

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Liz Kessler is a British author of children's books, most notably a series about a half-mermaid called Emily Windsnap. It is a series of books about Emily, her friends, and her adventures throughout the deep sea.


Liz Kessler lives in St Ives, Cornwall. She grew up in Southport in the North West of England, and has also lived in Manchester and Cheshire.

Liz studied English at Arizona State University, then did a teaching qualifaction at Keele University, and more recently did a Masters in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has worked as a teacher, teaching English and Media Studies, and has also run Creative Writing courses. Liz was also a journalist working on local and regional newspapers in both York and Manchester.

She did a brief interview with the BBC about creative writing.[1] She is represented by the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, and her books are published by Orion Children's Books.

The Emily Windsnap series[edit]

Emily Windsnap is a 12-year-old girl who lives alone with her mother on a boat by the seaside. When Emily takes swimming lessons, she finds out something she did not know about herself: when fully immersed in water she has a mermaid's tail. However, her mother appears to remember nothing about mermaids or even Emily's own father. Now Emily embarks on a trip through the mermaid realm to find out the truth about her, her father and mother, and the unusual Mr. Beeston, the lighthouse keeper.

The Emily Windsnap series was #10 on the New York Times bestseller list for a new release in a children's series on May 20, 2007.

After the first three books, Liz Kessler said she was finished with the Emily Windsnap series but she was convinced to write another by her readers, and Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret was released April 28, 2010. The Emily Windsnap Friendship Book was released in summer of 2008.

Her books are written at a level suitable for grades 4 to 7.


  • A Year Without Autumn (2011)[2]
  • North Of Nowhere (2013)

Emily Windsnap[edit]

Philippa Fisher[edit]



  1. ^ BBC. "Writing for young adults". Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Norfolk, Pam (21 April 2011). "Book review: A Year without Autumn by Liz Kessler". Longridge Today. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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