Linda Hansen is an author, performer and storyteller living by the sea in Wellington. She’s worked as a writer most of her life and has a VUW Master of Communications. When not writing her books, Linda contributes articles to Historicool children's magazine. At other times, she travels as a storyteller, sharing myriad tales and also talking about the topics in her fact-based fiction. An Unexpected Hero was chosen for the 2017 NZReadAloud programme (Year7-8) helping make Archie Baxter, WW1 conscientious objector and father of James K. Baxter, better known in NZ schools and overseas. Her latest book, Bad Oil and the Animals introduces teenagers who expose the link between the destruction of orangutan habitat and factory farming, with unexpected consequences.