BARBARA CARDY originally trained in art, design and construction, before moving through a variety of careers. To date, she has edited twenty-seven anthologies of various kinds. She lives in Kent with her two boys.
Serena Hodson was born in New Zealand, but is now based in Brisbane, Australia. She is an international multi-award-winning photographer. Her work revolving around her dogs, Rocco, Ralph and Simon has a strong fan base around the world. Upside Down Dogs is her first book.
Maxim Jakubowski is a British writer and editor who has been called the king of the erotic thriller and has edited five Mammoth volumes of erotica. He lives in northwest London.
Paul Martin is an award-winning, world-record holding cocktail mixologist, trainer and motivational speaker. Throughout his bartending career he set two world speed-cocktail-mixing records and won 7 global mixology titles. He runs some of the most sought-after bartender and hospitality training courses and has trained more than 30,000 bartenders in more than 25 countries around the world. Paul has appeared in his role of 'cocktail expert' on TV and radio on many occasions including for 3 full series on Food Network Daily in the 1990s. Paul is also an accomplished motivational speaker and can often be found delivering talks on human connection, communication skills and other human interaction topics. His TEDx Talk on how he used his knowledge of sign-language to develop a new technique for improving people's body-language skills has received more than 250,000 views on YouTube.
Norma Miller is a successful food writer and author of The Juicing Secret and co-author with Annette Yates of Slow Cooking: Best New Recipes, and the Fresh & Fast series: Meals from the Hob, Meals from the Oven and Meals from the Microwave. She also runs the TasteTalk food consultancy with Annette Yates.
Judy Ridgway is an acclaimed food writer and international expert on olive oil. She was the first non-Italian judge to sit on the judging panel of the prestigious Leone d'Oro international awards for olive oil. She travels frequently to the producing regions meeting the growers and tasting the oils along the way. She is also in regular contact with specialist cooking schools, university agricultural departments and research institutes. Previous books featuring olive oil include two editions of Judy Ridgway's Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World and The Olive Oil Companion. She also has extensive experience of national TV and radio.