Jonny Owen was born and bred in Wales' most famous footballing town, Merthyr Tydfil. As well as acting in some of the UK's biggest TV shows and writing and starting in the Universal movie Svengali, he's also written about football for the Guardian, The Times and the the Western Mail. A little slower than he once was, he still trots out for a local five-a-side team and is currently working and living in Nottingham and London.
Cynthia Owen is happily married and lives in the UK. Living with Evil is her first book.
Charlie Owen enjoyed a thirty-year career in the police service, serving with two forces in the Home Counties and London, reaching the rank of Inspector.
James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James's first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.
Matthew 'Ollie' Ollerton, Anthony Middleton, Colin Maclachlan, and Jason 'Foxy' Fox make up the Directing Staff on the Channel 4 series SAS: Who Dares Wins, where they put members of the public through the rigours of a simulated SAS selection process. Together they have dozens of tours of Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Sierra Leone under their belts and have all served in the UK's Special Forces (SAS or SBS).
Miikko Oikkonen is the creator of the original idea and concept of NYMPHS. He is also the script writer and director of the TV series. Oikkonen is one of the most promising artists in the fields of audiovisual art and script writing.
Mary-Ann Ochota is an anthropologist, broadcaster and writer. She's part of the presenting team for Britain's Secret Treasures, revealing the secret stories behind these compelling artefacts. She has an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University, and makes programmes exploring subjects as diverse as feral children, Roman bread, and beards.She lives in London with her husband, children's author Joe Craig and their rescue dog, Harpo. She's a keen sailor, hiker, horserider and divemaster.www.maryannochota.comFollow @maryannochota on twitter
Jim Obergefell is the named plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which will decide whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. He was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. Along with his late husband, John Arthur, he travelled and collected art while holding a variety of corporate jobs in training and technology. He was heavily involved in local charities and historic preservation. Obergefell calls himself an "accidental activist."
John Oaksey rode more than 200 winners in his riding career, including the Whitbread Gold Cup. He has written on racing for the Daily Telegraph since 1957 and commentated on the sport for ITV and Channel 4 since 1970. He was a founder trustee for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Andrew O'Neill is an award-winning comedian and heavy metal guitarist.His comedy show Andrew O'Neill's History Of Heavy Metal has received universally glowing reviews in the heavy metal press, as well as rave comedy reviews.He has appeared on television in Saxondale, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and 50 Years Of Rock Excess and his own award-winning BBC Radio 4 stand-up show Pharmacist Baffler. He has written for The New Statesman, Terrorizer and Time Out. His neck is so thick from headbanging that standard shirt sizes do not fit him.
Born in London's East End, Laurie went to the same primary school as the Krays, then worked for them at Spitalfields Market and as a bookmaker's clerk at the races after leaving school. In the 1960s he managed various clubs for the Krays, then moved into showbiz, managing Doris Stokes and organising tours for Marvin Gaye and Martha Reeves amongst others. Laurie visited the Krays constantly in prison and was a front pall-bearer with Charlie Kray at Ronnie's funeral.
Sheila O'Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother's Secret, If You Were Me, and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). She lives in Dublin with her husband. www.sheilaoflanagan.comTwitter @sheilaoflanagan Facebook.com/sheilabooks
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.
Joe O'Connor was born in Dublin. His non-fiction collections THE SECRET WORLD OF THE IRISH MALE and THE IRISH MALE AT HOME AND ABROAD established him as an author of huge mass market appeal. Between 1989 and 1997 he was Auxiliary Bishop of Mullingar.
Des O'Connor was born in Stepney, in the East End of London. He was evacuated to Northampton during the war, worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's and made his stage debut in 1953 at the Palace Theatre in Newcastle. Today he is a star entertainer, singer, comedian and chat show host who has made record-breaking appearances at almost every major venue in the world and performs regularly in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. He has released an astonishing 34 albums and sold over 15 million records. The Des O'Connor Show has been going strong for 39 years and is the third most watched TV show of all time. It is shown in 44 countries and its vast and eclectic list of celebrity guests includes Prince Edward, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Robert Redford among many others.
Carol O'Connell is the New York Times bestselling creator of Kathy Mallory, and the author of thirteen books, eleven featuring her acclaimed detective, most recently IT HAPPENS IN THE DARK, as well as the stand-alone thrillers JUDAS CHILD and BONE BY BONE. She lives in New York City.
Fergus O'Connell is one of the world's leading authorities on project management and getting things done in the shortest time possible. The Sunday Business Post described him as having 'more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius'. In 1992, Fergus founded ETP (www.etpint.com), which is now one of the world's leading programme and project management companies. His 'Ten Steps' model was used to plan and execute the Special Olympics World Games in 2003. Fergus has taught project management in Europe, North America, South America, the Far East and Australia.
Vanessa O'Connell, an award-winning reporter at The Wall Street Journal for seventeen years, has covered tobacco, alcohol, guns, insider trading, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She has a knack for exposing the nature of corporate America and how it sometimes manipulates the score in making its money.
Martin O'Brien was educated at the Oratory School and Hertford College Oxford. He started his career as a copy-sub, going on to become Travel Editor of Vogue. He left Vogue to write ALL THE GIRLS. After twenty years of living in London, Martin, his wife and two daughters moved to the countryside, where he started to write the Jacquot books...
Kevin O'Brien grew up on Chicago's North Shore as the youngest of six children. Before Kevin's thrillers landed him on the New York Times bestseller list, he was a railroad inspector by day, and an author by night. He has previously been a recipient of the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and his books have been translated into fourteen languages. Kevin lives in Seattle and is on the board of Seattle 7 Writers, a collective of award-winning, bestselling authors dedicated to supporting literacy. He's currently hard at work at on his next thriller.You can keep an eye on Kevin by visiting www.kevinobrienbooks.com