Amy Saltzman, MD, is a longtime athlete, holistic physician, mindfulness coach, scientist, wife, mother, devoted student of transformation, and occasional poet. Starting in junior high, Amy both participated in and coached gymnastics; in college, she earned a spot as a walk-on varsity gymnast at Stanford. Later she turned to competitive cycling; and she has been a recreational athlete (cycling, running yoga, and snowboarding) for years. She is the parent of two young athletes (one competing at the professional level in cycling, the other played competitive soccer for years). As a mindfulness coach, her passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering A Still Quiet Place within. She is recognized as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth. She is founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, an inaugural and longstanding member of the steering committee for the Mindfulness in Education Network, and a founding member of the Northern California Advisory Committee on Mindfulness. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two teenaged children. For more information, visit www.stillquietplace.com.
Richard Sandomir has been the award-winning sports media and sports business writer for the New York Times since 1991.He is the author or co-author of several books including Bald Like Me, and, most recently, The Enlightened Bracketologist, and its sequel, The Final Four of Everything.
An award-winning feature journalist, Miranda Sawyer spent her formative years in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in a white ra-ra skirt and turquoise mascara. She presented the Art Marathon on BBC2 and co-presented Big Mouth with Tony Parsons in 1996.
Allan Sefton (www.allanseftonfishing.co.uk) has fly fished for trout and other fish from Norway to the Falkland Islands. He was a regular contributor to the angling press until the pressure of another career intervened. Retirement meant time to achieve a lifetime's ambition by qualifying as a Licensed Level Two Game Angling Coach. He is now a coach for the England Youth Fly Fishing Association and coaches their international team. Regularly, articles by him are published in Trout and Salmon, the UK's premier game fishing magazine.
Mark Shand has worked at Sotheby's and as a jackaroo in Australia, has completed the London-Sydney motor-race and been shipwrecked in the South Pacific. In 1991 he received the accolade Travel Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards for TRAVELS ON MY ELEPHANT.
CHRIS SIDWELLS is a freelance writer, editor and photographer whose words and/or photographs appear in every edition of Britain's best-selling cycling magazine, Cycling Weekly. His most recent project has been to produce and edit ten very successful bookazines in a series called Cycling Legends for Time Inc, which carry the Cycling Weekly brand. Chris also writes for Cycle Sport and Cycling Active. In addition he has carried out commissions for Cycling Plus, GQ Magazine, Men's Fitness, Running Fitness, the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the BBC.He also works as a regular cycling pundit for several BBC local radio stations, including working on BBC Radio Sheffield's live coverage of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire.Chris has written, or part-written, seventeen books on cycling, three of them coffee-table guide books, in the twelve years he has worked in this business, supplying photographs as well as words for three of them. His books, many of which have gone to multiple editions and been bestsellers in their genre, cover every aspect of cycling, and in total they have been translated into 24 languages. His most recent book is a collaboration with Chris Boardman called The Biography of the Modern Bike, published by Octopus in 2015. He is currently writing a book on the history of cycling jerseys, and under his own publishing brand The Pedal Press in 2015 he published the British pioneer professional Barry Hoban's autobiography, Vas-y Barry. Chris has a degree in geology, is a qualified cycling coach and fitness instructor and is an active cyclist with years of racing and riding experience in every aspect of the sport. He has won races in every cycling discipline, road, track and off-road, and in every age group from youths to masters.
Ted Simon was raised in London, studied chemical engineering then went to Paris where he fell into journalism. He has ridden twice around the world on a motorcycle, and published five books on travel and other matters. He now lives in northern California. He has one son.
Adam Skolnick has written for the New York Times, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men's Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. As an international journalist, he has visited 45 countries and authored or co-authored 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks.
Alan Smith is a former Leicester, Arsenal and England footballer. He has been a Telegraph columnist for 20 years and is also a regular Sky Sport commentator.
Anthony Smith flew with the RAF, trained as a zoologist, worked in Africa and South America and is an author with many books to his credit, among them Explorers of the Amazon, Mato Grosso, High Street Africa, and Ballooning.
Jen Rose Smith
Jen Rose Smith came to Vermont for the mountains and lake, then stayed for everything else. She spends her time exploring the state on bicycles and backcountry skis with her husband, Daniel, searching out the sweetest picnic spots, swimming holes, and snack bars. Jen is a freelance writer whose work on travel, food, and drink has appeared in Best of Burlington, Local Banquet of Vermont, Vermont Magazine, Traveler's Tales: Best Women's Travel Writing, Culinate, and Overnight Buses. Since settling in Vermont, she's continued to travel extensively, hunting iguanas in Mexico, cooking in Italy's, and riding her bicycle across Newfoundland's wilderness. Her adventures in Vermont while researching and writing this book have been just as compelling, and there's no other place she'd rather live.
Steve Smith manages tour planning for Rick Steves' Europe tour program and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven. Steve owns a restored farmhouse in rural Burgundy where he hangs his beret in research season. Steve's wife, Karen Lewis Smith - who is an expert on French cuisine and wine - provides invaluable contributions to his books.
Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Mary Stanley was born in London and educated in Dublin. Graduating from Trinity College she has studied and worked in Italy, England, Malta, Ireland and Germany. She is the author of Retreat, Missing, Revenge, Searching for Home and The Umbrella Tree. The Hijacking of Cassie Peters is her seventh novel. She now lives in Dublin. For further information see www.marystanley.com
Peter Steele, mountaineer, skier and Yukon doctor, followed his ebullient hero around Europe and into the still remote barren lands that he put on the map. Author of the Medical Handbook for Walkers and Climbers, he also wrote Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond, a life of the mountain explorer, which won the 1998 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
Stuart Stevens is a political consultant and writer. His articles and stories have appeared in THE NEW REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON MONTHLY, ESQUIRE and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.
Dr Mark Stevenson is an anthropologist working in Tibetan and Chinese Studies. He lectures in Asian Studies in the Department of Asian and International Studies at Victoria University, Melbourne. He publishes his articles and translations in journals and academic monographs, as well as Buddhist magazines.
Andrew Stevenson has spent over five years and over 1,000 hours on or in the water observing North Atlantic humpback whales off Bermuda. Born in Canada, he spent his childhood in Hong Kong, India, Scotland, Malaysia and Singapore. As an economist working for the United Nations Development Programme, he was assigned to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he remained after his two-year stint, obtaining his pilot's licence and starting a safari company in the Selous Game Reserve.After five years he returned to North America, but continued to travel widely in Africa and Asia as a consultant in international development for the Canadian, Norwegian and Swedish governments. His work on humpback whales has appeared in The Explorers Journal of the New York Explorers Club and he has co-authored scientific papers for the Society of Marine Mammology on his groundbreaking observations and data on the North Atlantic humpback.Andrew is the author of A Nepalese Journey, a photographic volume, and five travel narratives on Nepal, New Zealand, Norway and Australia. He lives in Bermuda with his Kiwi wife Annabel and their daughters Elsa and Somers. The Humpback Whale Research Project website can be found at www.whalesbermuda.com
Andy Steves was born into a traveling family, heading to Europe each year while his father, Rick Steves, researched his guidebooks and filmed his TV shows. Today, Andy introduces young travelers to Europe though his own company, Weekend Student Adventures (wsaeurope.com), and hosts a successful travel podcast featuring his tips, tricks, and stories.Currently dividing his time between Prague, Medellín, and his home state of Washington, Andy travels frequently to speak about his book, engage diverse audiences in his travel workshop, and seek out the next great adventure.