Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, BRUCE HALE began his career as a writer while living in Tokyo, and continued it when he moved to Hawaii. Before entering the world of children’s books, he worked as a magazine editor, toymaker, surveyor, corporate lackey, gardener, actor, and DJ.

From picture books to novels and graphic novels, Bruce has written and illustrated more than thirty-five books for kids, including his Chet Gecko Mysteries series and his School for S.P.I.E.S. trilogy: Playing with Fire, Thicker Than Water, and Ends of the Earth.

When not writing and illustrating, Bruce loves to perform. He has appeared onstage, on television, and in an independent movie called The Ride. Bruce is a popular speaker and storyteller for audiences of all ages. He has taught writing workshops at colleges and universities, and spoken at national conferences of writing, publishing, and literacy organizations. On top of that, Bruce has visited elementary schools across the country and internationally. (You’d never guess he loves to travel.)

These days, Bruce lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Janette, and his sweet mutt, Riley. When he’s not at the computer or drawing board, you’ll find him hiking the hills, bicycling, or riding the waves (when it’s warm enough, that is). He also likes going to movies and performing jazz music.