Shakirah Bourne is a Bajan author and filmmaker. She once shot a movie scene in a cave with bats during an earthquake, but is too scared to watch horror movies. She enjoys exploring old graveyards, daydreaming and eating mangoes. She currently resides in Barbados in the Caribbean, and spends most of her time staring out at the sea thinking about new stories to tell. Her debut middle grade contemporary fantasy, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA, was published by Scholastic in July. She is also the co-editor of YA non-fiction anthology, ALLIES: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing up and Trying again, which will be published by DK Books in September.