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Meet Fiona Watt

Fiona Watt is the fourth biggest-selling UK children's author, behind J.K. Rowling, Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson – with over 10 million of her books sold in the UK since records began.

Fiona is an Editorial Director and writer at Usborne Publishing. She graduated from Exeter University with a Batchelor of Education in Art and Design. She taught for three years at a primary school in Kent, before spending two years at a British school in The Netherlands.

She started working at Usborne in 1989 and has written and edited hundreds of books for children including baby books and novelty, sticker, art and craft, cookery, science and activity books. She has written all the titles in the award-winning That's not my…. series and many in the highly successful Sticker Dolly Dressing series.

Fiona Watt with That's not my unicorn...
Fiona Watt with That's not my unicorn...

That's not my...

The That's not my... books may have sold over 20 million copies worldwide, but they could have easily never seen the light of day. Peter Usborne was so against the idea of the 'negative' sounding title that he said they would be published 'over my dead body'. Fortunately, he changed his mind and here we are 50 titles later!

For each That's not my... book, Fiona collaborates with illustrator Rachel Wells and designer Non Taylor, as well as other senior figures at Usborne.

Find out more about how a That's not my... book is created.

I don’t do publicity. But, as a result, I know some people think ‘Fiona Watt’ is a made up name! Fiona on being a bestselling author
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