Jonathan Harlen lives with his family on a small farm on the far north coast of New South Wales. He wrote his first novel when he was eight years old. Unfortunately, he spelt his name incorrectly on the front cover. Since then he has had over twenty novels published, for both children and adults. Jonathan has worked as a journalist, radio comedian, landscape gardener and rock musician, but he dreams of one day being an A-League soccer coach. He has coached semi-professionally for many years.
Jonathan has always wanted to write a series set in the world of elite professional sport, which is full of drama and skulduggery. In 2006 he spent five days working with soccer coaches at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra. While he was there the idea of a sports detective based at the AIS came to him out of the blue. It nestled in his brain and eventually the character of Fletcher Smith was born.
Jonathan's favourite sports are cricket, tennis, rugby and soccer. He has never used a performance-enhancing pig's foot!
Fletcher Smith Sport P.I. is Jonathan Harlen's first series with Scholastic and includes Dangerous Games, published in 2007, and the latest book in the series, Blood Sports,which was published in June 2008.