Siân Rees has a degree in history from Oxford University. The bestselling work of narrative non-fiction THE FLOATING BROTHEL was her first book.
Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo and grew up in Los Angeles. He worked in a major Swiss bank in Geneva until 1995, when he decided to pursue writing full-time. He lives in California and Switzerland and is the author of four previous bestselling thrillers, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, THE RUNNER, THE FIRST BILLION and THE DEVIL'S BANKER.
Ben Richards was born in 1964, and lives in London. His first novel, THROWING THE HOUSE OUT OF THE WINDOW, won the Texaco/Eastside award for first-time novelists in 1994. He has taught Development Studies at the University of Birmingham and at University College, London, where he specialises in Latin America. As well as writing novels, Ben Richards has contributed short stories and articles to a number of magazines and anthologies.
John Connolly was born in Dublin. He is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Charlie Parker series and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, and an editor of the prizewinning non-fiction anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. CONQUEST is his twentieth published book. Jennifer Ridyard was born in England and grew up in South Africa, where she worked as a journalist for many years. CONQUEST is her first novel. John and Jennifer live in Dublin.
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children - Los Angeles. Along the way, he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, "Strange Geographies", can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com.
Wendy Robertson has written short stories, some journalism and many novels - the latest being Sandie Shaw and the Millionth Marvel Cooker and The Woman Who Drew Buildings - all now available as ebooks. She has built up a substantial following on her blog LIFE TWICE TASTED (www.lifetwicetasted.blogspot.com). It averages 2,500 visitors a month - 33,000 since she started. You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @lifetwicetasted.
Mike Rossiter is the Sunday Times bestselling author of seven previous works of military history, including Ark Royal, Target Basra and I Sank the Bismarck.
Michel Rostain lives in Arles. Born in 1942, he works as an opera stage director, and directed the National Theatre of Quimper - Cornwall Theatre - from 1995 to 2008
Madeleine Roux received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers. Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works in Wisconsin where she enjoys the local beer and preparing for the eventual and inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Ronan Ryan is originally from Clonmel in Ireland. At thirteen, he moved to Nagoya, Japan. He was educated in Dublin and studied psychology at university before embarking on an MSc in neuropsychology. He completed an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, and lived in New Zealand, where he completed an English Literature PhD. Returning to Dublin, he worked on Jimmy Dice, his first novel. He lives in Dublin, still.
Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool. He has written for The Face, Arena, Conde Nast Traveller, Esquire, GQ Magazine and The Sunday Times. He lives in north London with his wife and three children.