Sarah Shoemaker is a former university librarian and currently lives in northern Michigan.
Anna Smith is a journalist working on the Daily Record. She is the only female Chief Reporter of any national newspaper in the UK. Most of her stories come from trouble spots and she has reported from N.Ireland, Africa, Romania and the Gulf. She is single and lives in Lanarkshire, although she also has a house in Ireland.
Caroline Stickland was born in 1955. With a degree in English and American Literature from the University of East Anglia, she became involved in adult literacy tutoring. Her first novel, THE STANDING HILLS, was shortlisted for a Betty Trask Award and the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize. This was followed by A HOUSE OF CLAY, THE DARKNESS OF CORN, AN ANCIENT HOPE and THE DARKENING LEAF.