William Napier was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He is the author of Clash of Empires: The Great Siege (retitled as THE LAST CRUSADERS: GREAT SIEGE) and the bestselling ATILLA trilogy. He lives in Dorset and travels widely.
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.