Duncan Campbell is a senior correspondent with the Guardian, where he has worked as the paper's crime correspondent and Los Angeles correspondent. He has written five non-fiction books including The Underworld, That Was Business, This Is Personal and Billy Connolly: The Authorised Version. He previously worked for Time Out and contributed to OZ, IT and The Rising Nepal. He is married to Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie.
Philip Caveney was born in North Wales in 1951. The son of an RAF officer, he spent much of his childhood travelling the length and breadth of Britain and spent several years in Malaysia and Singapore. His first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis, was published in 1977. Since then, he has published many novels (or 'head movies' as he prefers to call them) and a series of children's books that have sold all over the world. He lives in Heaton Moor, Stockport and is currently working on his next book.
Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been No.1 bestsellers.Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 to remarkable reviews. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina's debut novel was published.Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies. In 2011 Martina surpassed the £50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this - and she has spent more weeks in the No. 1 slot on the original fiction bestseller list than any other adult novelist. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.
Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1965. He qualified as a primary school teacher, and spent about four years working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. In 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published, and the series went on to sell 20 million copies around the world. Eoin was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing, including his two mystery novels PLUGGED and SCREWED. He now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Vena Cork is originally from Lancashire, but has lived in London all her adult life. She attended Homerton College, Cambridge, where she was a member of Cambridge Footlights. She is married to the art critic Richard Cork and lives in North West London.
Sean started writing at university as a way of escaping his engineering degree, before becoming a trade journalist working out of a brick shed. He writes full time, and published four novels under his real name, before changing style, content, publisher and identity to something much more fun. He's a single dad and lives on the south coast with his little boy. He has never owned a cat, and each year more and more of them go missing in his neighbourhood.
Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for an acclaimed author of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto, Canada.