John Naughton has been an academic and a journalist all his working life. He is a Senior Lecturer in Systems at the Open University, and since 1987 has written a weekly column for the Observer which has won him several major awards including three nominations as Critic of the Year. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the Director of the College's Press Fellowship Programme.
Nerida Newton was born in Brisbane, and has since lived in Malaysia, South Africa and the UK. Her first novel, The Lambing Flat, won the Queensland Premier's award for an emerging author, and was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Asia/Pacific region (first book) and One Book One Brisbane. In 2004, she was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia's best young novelists. Nerida currently lives in Brisbane with her husband and son.
Stan Nicholls has been a reviewer and interviewer in the UK for more than 20 years and is a key figure on the genre scene. He writes a regular column for TIME OUT and contributes to both INTERZONE and STARBURST. As well as the original Orcs trilogy, his Quicksilver fantasy trilogy has also been an international sensation.
Camilla Noli lives in Australia with her husband and children. She is a graduate of the Varuna Writing Program in Sydney's Blue Mountains. THE MOTHER'S TALE is her first novel.