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Karen Rose

Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe's The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep. Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years and their children. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, karate and, though not a popular Florida pastime, skiing.

Adam Hamdy

Adam Hamdy is an author and screenwriter who works with producers and studios on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to becoming a writer, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses operating in a wide range of industries. Adam lives in Shropshire with his wife and three children.Follow Adam on Twitter @adamhamdy

Ben Hatch

Ben Hatch was born in London and grew up here, in Manchester and Buckinghamshire, where he lived in a Windmill that meant he was called Windy Miller at school for years, though he's not been scared by this experience at all. He now lives in Brighton with his tiny wife Dinah, and two children, in a normal house. He likes cheese and is balding although he disguises this fact by spiking his hair to a great height to distract people he wishes to impress. His latest book is called Road to Rouen: A 10,000 Mile Journey In cheese-filled Passat. Before this he wrote Are We Nearly There Yet? 8,000 Miles Round Britian in Vauxhall Astra, that was a Radio 2 Book of the Year, became a Number One bestseller and is currently being made into a movie by Island Pictures. He is the tallest Hatch who ever lived (5ft 9) and is son of Sir David Hatch, the famous radio performer and producer whose shadow Ben doesn't at all feel under. He also maintains that he knows the cure for the common cold (tweet him at @BenHatch to find this out) and that one of his relatives was John Couch-Adams who discovered the planet Neptune. Apparently his aunty told him.

Bryony Gordon

In the 18 years that she has worked for the Telegraph, Bryony Gordon has become one of the paper's best-loved writers. She is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestseller Mad Girl which was nominated for a British Book Award. Her weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph has won her an army of fans who have followed her journey from single girl about town to - finally! - settled mum. Bryony is now 37 and lives in Nappy Valley (Clapham) with her daughter Edie and her husband, a financial journalist. The last sentence is one she never thought she would see written down on paper.

Carl Vernon

Carl Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker and author renowned for his personal experience in overcoming anxiety after fifteen years. Since his transformation, Carl has been passionate about helping others overcome anxiety and achieve more than they thought possible by sharing life-changing habits and principles. Find more at

Dawn Harper

Dr Dawn Harper works as a GP in Stroud, Gloucestershire. She studied at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. Since 2007 she has been one of the presenters on the BAFTA award-winning Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4 and presented Born Naughty?. She has also appeared regularly on ITV's This Morning, Channel 5's The Wright Stuff and was on the celebrity series of The Island with Bear Grylls. She is a regular on LBC, Talk Radio and Woman's Hour and works closely with Public Health England on a wide variety of health campaigns and with Jamie Oliver on the SugarSmart campaign.

Deana Luchia

Deana Luchia has a Masters in Professional Writing and is a journalist who writes about parenting, pets, happiness and love. She also blogs about her various rescue dogs. She lives in London with her children and two wise canines, one of whom is Harry.@happyasharry1

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is one of the most successful pop stars in the world and has released 5 albums. Her most recent album Confident has been nominated for a Grammy Award. She was the star of the record-breaking Camp Rock franchise as well as Sonny with a Chance. Outside of the entertainment industry, Demi is involved with several social and environmental causes. She started The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in 2013 and also serves as an official Ambassador for We Day as well as Free the Children.

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey is a consultant clinical psychologist who has spent the last 12 years working with children both within the NHS and privately. She has a Masters in Child Development and during her career she has helped families to tackle everything from toddler tantrums to teenage meltdowns as well as more complex and challenging mental health difficulties. Elizabeth has three children.

Dr Rosemary Leonard

Dr Rosemary Leonard is one of the country's best-known doctors. She is the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, and also writes for the Daily Express and S magazine, and is the medical editor for both Woman and Home and Tesco Healthy Living.Although she is a regular broadcaster, Rosemary is still very much a practising doctor, working as a part-time GP partner in a busy South London surgery, where she has a special interest in women's health. She trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas Hospital Medical School. She has been the GP representative on the Committee on Safety of Medicines, is now a member of the Human Genetics Commission and also on the Board of the Health Protection Agency. In 2004 Rosemary was awarded an MBE for her services to healthcare.Rosemary lives with her husband and two sons and enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking and sailing. This is her second book.

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan is the No. 1 bestselling author of eleven novels including The Wedding Promise, The Perfect Gift, and The Summer Guest. Her bestselling memoir, Talk to the Headscarf, has now been updated and revised as All To Live For. Emma lives in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, with her husband, two children, two cats and their Labradoodle Herbie.For more about Emma, visit her website or follow her on Twitter @MsEmmaHannigan.

Geoff Beattie

Geoff Beattie is the Head of School and Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for 'published psychological research of outstanding merit'. Geoff has been the resident psychologist on ten series of Big Brother.

Grace Saunders

Grace Saunders was a fashion journalist and stylist at Elle magazine for six years before becoming a freelance lifestyle journalist and best-selling author of 'The Fabulous Mum's Handbook' and 'Family Life Made Easy'. She lives in North London with her husband and three children.

Hilary Pereira

Hilary Pereira is a journalist and author with a special interest in parenting. A former deputy editor of Mother & Baby magazine, she now writes for a wide range of media including magazines and websites. She is also mum to a school-age daughter. Hilary is married and lives in Surrey. She is the author of the Netmums guide Your Pregnancy, as well as The Good Childcare Guide and Best of Friends - a guide to giving your child confidence.

Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith's background is in women's weekly magazines, specialising in parenting and health. She spent four years as a commissioning editor for Woman, and has also written for Best, Red, Family Circle, the Daily Mail, the Express, the Mirror and the Times.

Karen J. Pine

Professor Karen Pine is a renowned researcher in Developmental Psychology as well as being a popular women's writer. Currently she is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Professor Pine's research has been published extensively in international academic journals and presented at conferences worldwide.

Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon has spent twenty years at the cutting edge of women's publishing. She started as a fashion assistant at American Vogue and at 21 was made Fashion Editor of Tatler. She has contributed to most major British newspapers and written three colums in The Times - who named her one of Britain's best writers. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. She lives in London during the week and goes to her cottage in Wiltshire at the weekends - as a home worker she finds this helps her remember what day of the week it is.

Keren Smedley

Keren Smedley is an experienced business and life coach and runs her own consultancy specialising in coaching and consulting on age-related issues. She is an Accredited Counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a baby boomer, but still considers herself full of energy and innovative ideas!

Lola A Åkerström

Lola A. Åkerström is an award-winning writer, speaker, and photographer. She regularly contributes to high profile publications such as AFAR, the BBC, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveller. Lola is also the editor of Slow Travel Stockholm, an online magazine dedicated to exploring Sweden's capital city in depth. She lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children, and blogs at

Matt Coyne

MATT COYNE is a 42-year-old graphic designer from Sheffield. In September 2015, Matt's life was turned upside-down by the arrival of his first child, Charlie. After three months of fatherhood, he logged on to Facebook and wrote about his experience of having to live with 'a furious, sleep-murdering, unstable and incontinent, breasts-obsessed midget lodger'. Within days, his post about surviving the first few months of parenthood became a viral sensation and was shared all over the world. He continues to impart his parental triumphs and disasters on his blog, Man vs Baby.Facebook: /manversusbabyTwitter:

Simonne Gnessen

Simonne Gnessen is founder of Wise Monkey Financial Coaching, one of a handful of firms in the UK offering an alternative to traditional financial advice. Her work has been featured in the national press, on BBC radio and television programmes and in a variety of women's magazines.