Marie-Louise was born in 1962 in Dublin where she studied Illustration. Her first three books were published in Ireland where they gained considerable recognition winning two Bisto Merit Awards (for best children’s book) and Bisto Book of the Decade, two Reading Association of Ireland Awards and an IBBY Honour.
Although having lived in Dublin most of her life Marie-Louise is a compulsive traveller having spent two months roughing it in Australia and working as a writer in residence in the States. Whilst working in the US she met fellow illustrator Michael Emberley. They married and now live in County Wicklow, Ireland.
YOU, ME AND THE BIG BLUE SEA - Gullane, (Bisto Book of the year 2003)
I'M A TIGER TOO! - Gullane (Shortlisted for Bisto, 2002) (A Schools and Libraries Book of the Year 2000 (USA)
SILLY MUMMY, SILLY DADDY - (Shortlisted for 2007 Irish Book Awards) SILLY SCHOOL and SILLY BABY
I AM I and THERE - (Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award) for THERE - Roaring Brook Press USA
THERE - Roaring Brook Press
DEAR TOOTH FAIRY - HarperCollins US
DARK WARNING - Orion Children's Books
HAGWITCH - Orion Children's Books
OWL BAT BAT OWL - Walker Books
ON MIDNIGHT BEACH - Faber & Faber
I CAN MAKE A TRAIN NOISE co-created with Michael Emberley - Neal Porter Books