Jane Austen was born in 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector. When she was 25 the family moved to Bath till her father's death in 1805, then to Chawton in Hampshire where Jane lived with her mother and sister. She wrote six novels. Sense and Sensibility was first in 1811, then Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Northanger Abbey and Persusaion were both published posthumously, in 1817. Jane Austen died in 1817. Well-received during her lifetime, since her death she has become known as not just one of the greatest writers of English fiction, but one of the most beloved.
Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of eighteen titles in the Aunt Dimity crime series. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, USA.
Phillipa Ashley studied English at Oxford, before working as a copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, Decent Exposure won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award and in 2009, it was filmed as a US TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. Her latest novel, Miranda's Mount won Best Ebook at the Festival of Romance Reader Awards 2012 and It Happened One Night was shortlisted in 2013.Phillipa also writes as Pippa Croft - The First Time We Met, the first in a series of sizzling glamorous romances set at Oxford University is published by Penguin in early 2014.She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and daughter and when she's not writing, loves walking in the Lake District and bodyboarding in Cornwall.
Katie Ashley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Proposition series and the Runaway Train series, as well as several New Adult and Young Adult titles. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her two very spoiled dogs. With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a master's in English Education, she spent eleven years teaching middle school and high school English until she left to write full-time.Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katieashleybooks, on Twitter @KatieAshleyLuv, or visit her website www.katieashleybooks.com for news and updates.
Jackie Ashenden has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart - writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and two rats. When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. To keep up to date with Jackie's new releases and other news, sign up for her newsletter at jackieashenden.comFacebook.com/jackie.ashenden@JackieAshenden
Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, is an international businessman, author and philanthropist. He has a life-long interest in bravery and gallantry medals. His collection of Victoria Crosses - the largest in the world - and George Crosses can be seen in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery, alongside other similar decorations owned by, or in the care of, the Imperial War Museum in London. He is also a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum Foundation Ltd, Vice Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum and a principal benefactor to the Bomber Command Memorial, donating £1 million to the cause.The author's royalties from each of his books on gallantry have been donated to military charities.
Russell Ash was best known for his annual THE TOP TEN OF EVERYTHING and other popular reference works, but he was also the author of numerous humour titles. His extensive research work encompasses biographical studies and genealogy. www.RussellAsh.com
David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips. Mosquitoland is his first novel.You can learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam.
Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose, The Hellraisers and Nemesis, Unlimited series. Zoe and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series The Ether Chronicles, and live in Los Angeles. Zoe also writes historical romance as Eva Leigh.Connect with Zoe via her website: www.zoearcherbooks.com, on Twitter @Zoe_Archer, and via Facebook: facebook.com/zoe.archer1
Richard Anthony Baker
For many years Richard worked in the BBC Radio Newsroom, at one point editing the main bulletins in Radio Four's Today. During his 30 years at the BBC, he wrote and presented a large range of programmes for Radios Two and Three; and for Radio Five Live, he devised the world's first obituaries programme, Brief Lives, producing over 300 editions. His well-regarded biography of music hall legend, Marie Lloyd, appeared in 1990. In 2005 he published the definitive British Music Hall: An Illustrated History, followed in 2011 by the companion volume, Old-Time Variety: An Illustrated History. He contributes regularly to The Stage and the British Musical Hall Society's magazine, The Call Boy, and he co-edits (with Max Tyler) the invaluable quarterly journal, Music Hall Studies.
Neil Ansell was an award winning television journalist with the BBC and a long standing writer for the broadsheets. He is the author of two previous books, Deep Country and Deer Island, and has contributed to nature programmes and wildlife documentaries though his main focus was news and current affairs. He has two daughters and lives in Brighton.
Manette Ansay is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, RIVER ANGEL, SISTER and VINEGAR HILL, an Oprah Winfrey Bookclub Selection, a short-story collection, READ THIS AND TELL ME WHAT IT SAYS, and a memoir, LIMBO, of her battle with illness to begin her writing career.
Sally Anne Morris
Sally Anne Morris has taught psychology for over a decade, but before that she supported herself through university by working as a civil servant, van driver, crossing warden, farm hand and waiting tables in a casino. She now enjoys writing, lying on the sofa and watching re-runs of Quincy.
When she is not fleeing from all things feline, Elia likes to ponder on things of consequence. She currently lives in a giant litter box in the U.S.
Lyn Andrews was born in Liverpool in 1944; her father Joseph was killed on D-Day just nine months later. Lyn was brought up in Liverpool and became a secretary before she married and gave birth to triplets. Once the children had gone to school Lyn began writing, and her first novel was quickly accepted for publication. She has since written over thirty books, many of them Sunday Times bestsellers. Lyn lives on the Isle of Man, but spends many weeks of the year back on Merseyside, seeing her children and grandchildren.www.lynandrewsbooks.co.ukwww.facebook.com/LynAndrewsBooksTwitter: @LynSagaAuthor
Douglas R. Andrew
Douglas Andrew is currently the owner and president of Paramount Financial services, Inc., a comprehensive personal and business financial planning firm with several distinctions
Maria Anderson has been a NHS midwife for over 20 years. She has worked across the UK and is now based in Inverness with her husband and two children.
Before sacrificing his soul to dark forces in the Square Mile, Cityboy was a genuine left-wing hippy and political activist, complete with ponytail and hoop earrings. His dream of becoming a global traveller was cruelly dashed when his brother got him an interview at a French bank in the City, which would set him on the rocky road to destruction and despair.
CHRIS ANDERSON is TED's president and head curator. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED, which he and his non-profit organization acquired in 2001. His TED mantra - 'ideas worth spreading' - continues to blossom on an international scale. He lives in New York City.
Anjum Anand was born in London and is a European Business Administration graduate. Her parents emigrated from New Delhi before she was born. She has worked in New York's Cafe Spice and the Tommy Tang catering company in Los Angeles and has studied in Geneva, Paris and Madrid. Her recent BBC TV series Indian Food Made Easy weas hugely poular and showcased her diverse experience and glamorous vitality.