R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco share-cropper, and spent his youth either exploring the wooded bluffs of Lake Erie's north shore or working in hot summer fields. He left the countryside to study English language and literature at University of Western Ontario, and from there moved to Nashville to pursue a PhD in philosophy. He now lives in London, Ontario with his fiancee, Sharron, and their cat, Scully.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, educated in Rome and made his piano debut at the age of eight and as a solo pianist at the age of eleven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical tours have taken him all over the world and he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals. In 1967 he married the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (who died in 1987). In 1988 he married Elena Bashkirova. He was musical director of the Paris Orchestra 1975-88, and he has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and of the Berlin State Opera since 1992.
Barry Bostwick is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Brad in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and has also had considerable fame in musical theatre.
Stephen Coonts is the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, which have been published in over 20 countries worldwide. A former Navy pilot and Vietnam combat veteran, he and his wife live in Nevada. Visit his Web site at www.coonts.com.
David Coulthard is now the most successful British Grand Prix driver in history, in terms of points scored (517), and has driven in more races than any other British driver. He made his F1 debut in 1994 following the death of Ayrton Senna, and has three times been in the top three of the drivers' championship. He has won 13 Grands Prix.
Geoffrey Cousins is one of Australia's best known business and community leaders. His corporate life includes periods as CEO at George Patterson and Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards ranging from PBL to Telstra. He was the founding chairman of the Starlight Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art among many other community involvements. The Butcherbird is his first novel.
Steven Crossley graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has since established an acting career on both sides of the Atlantic in Theatre, Television, Film and Radio Drama; performing with distinguished Theatre companies in New York and London. His audio book performances cover an eclectic range of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction, from thrillers, mysteries, classics and histories to children's fantasy and biographies.
Jim DeFelice is the bestseeling author of two thrillers Coyote Bird and War Breaker. But he is best known for his collaborative work with - amongst others - Dale Brown. Dreamland which he wrote with Brown was a New York Times bestseller.
Adrian Flanagan was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 1960. He spent his early life in Africa and the Far East. After boarding school in England, he read medicine at King's College, London before taking time out to travel extensively around Sri Lanka on a motorbike. Adrian joined the army, going through the rigorous selection procedure for the Parachute Regiment, but left the officer-training academy at Sandhurst after dislocating his shoulder only to sustain a severe wrist injury in a motorbike accident. He later qualified in osteopathic medicine but his damaged wrist forced him to stop practice. For a time, Adrian worked as a freelance sports journalist, contributing to The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail. He started his own business in food distribution, primarily as a means to fund his central aspirations to sail around the world and to write. His first novel, Cobra, was published in 2001. Adrian has two sons and lives near Oxford. He is currently working on a new novel and planning his next expedition, a microlite flight around the coast of Australia.www.alphaglobalex.com
Mick Foley is an American actor, author and professional wrestler, currently signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he is the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
William Fox-Pitt is one of the world's leading three-day eventers, and the winner of the 2007 Burghley trials, among many other events. He is married to the broadcaster Alice Plunkett and lives in Dorset.
Brad Friedel is one of the most successful American players in Premier League history, having joined Liverpool in 1997 before moving to Blackburn Rovers in November 2000. He won 82 caps for the USA before retiring from international football in 2005.
Johnny Green has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Lancaster University. After spending five years on the road with The Clash he left the music business and eventually became Kent county education adviser on sex and drugs. He lives in Whitstable, Kent.
Greg Growden is a senior journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald. He has published a number of books on Rugby Union but his biography of Fleetwood-Smith, The Wayward Genius (ABC Books) is very highly regarded.
Peter Guralnick is one of popular culture's greatest biographers and his 2-volume biography of Elvis is widely regarded as definitive.Visit the website for more www.peterguralnick.com, join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peterguralnickofficial and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PeterGuralnick.
Thomas H. Cook
Thomas H. Cook is one of North America's most respected crime writers. He won an Edgar award for his novel The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the award six times, most recently with Red Leaves (Quercus 2006). He lives in New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Michael Holding was born in Jamaica in 1952 and became one of the most admired cricketers in the modern game, not only at international level but in English county cricket.
Eddie Jordan was born in 1948, and began to make money as a superb salesman, which helped fund his love of motor sport. In the 1980s he began to move from driving to running racing teams, eventually moving into Formula One in 1989. Eventually, he sold his team in January 2005. In autumn 2006, he presented Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers on Channel Five.
Anna Kendall is the YA pseudonym of SF author Nancy Kress, who has won multiple awards for her novels, novellas and short stories. She lives in Seattle.