Brinda S. Narayan
Brinda S.Narayan has worked for fifteen years in the corporate sector. She holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MA in Communication from Stanford University.
Iben Dissing Sandahl is a certified coach, author, and licensed narrative psychotherapist, MPF, with a private practice just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. She specializes in counseling families and children. Originally trained as a teacher, she worked for ten years in the Danish school system before earning her degree in narrative psychotherapy. She is very passionate about her work and is regularly quoted in magazines, in newspapers, and on Danish national radio for her expert opinion. She is a wife and mother of two girls, Ida and Julie.
Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management and a scientist at Alliant International University. She is experienced in using ACT to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition, she has contributed chapters to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology, The Walking Dead Psychology and Game of Thrones Psychology.
Lisa. M. Schab
Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice in the greater Chicago, IL, area. She has authored fifteen self-help books and workbooks for children, teens, and adults, including The Anxiety Workbook for Teens, The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens, and Beyond the Blues. Schab teaches self-help workshops for the general public, conducts training seminars for professionals, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). You can find out more about Schab at www.lisamschabooks.com.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.
After leaving the plain church in which she grew up, Adina Senft earned an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescue chickens.
Henry Shukman is the author of two novellas, DARIEN DOGS and SANDSTORM, which won the Author's Club First Novel Award in 2006. His collection of poetry, IN DR NO'S GARDEN, was chosen as one of the Books of the Year in 2003 by both The Times and the Guardian, and was awarded the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize the same year. He has also won the Daily Telegraph Arvon Poetry Prize. He has worked as a travel writer and a trombonist, and sometimes writes for the New York Times. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Anne Rivers Siddons
Anne Rivers Siddons is an international betselling American writer and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Eve Silver teaches microbiology and human anatomy at a local college. After school she returns to romance, having found her own happily-ever-after with her husband and two sons.
Tuhin A. Sinha
Tuhin A. Sinha is a television script writer and the author of two bestselling novels, THIS THING CALLED LOVE and 22 YARDS, a book about cricket.
Dubbed 'America's next great fashion designer' by Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano is the youngest winner of reality television series Project Runway. He previously honed his fashion chops in London working for top fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. His first collection debuted at New York fashion week in fall 2008.
Jill Sklar is vice-president of the Michigan chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. She is an award-winning writer who specialises in medical writing and her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Style Magazine and Digestive Health and Nutrition Magazine.
Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.
Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith has written a number of titles for teenaged readers. He lives in the USA.
Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 50 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. She consistently appears on CBA bestseller lists and are frequently featured in the Crossings Book Club. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, live in California and have two grown sons.
A native New Yorker, RITA-winning author Annie Solomon has been dreaming up stories since she was 10. After a 12-year career in advertising she abandoned the air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps of her professional life for her first love - romance. An avid knitter and mother of a colleg-age daughter she now lives in Nashville with her husband.
Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. As a child he imagined he would be a brain surgeon, until a spirit-crushing experience convinced him that in order to be a brain surgeon he would have to actually attend school, work hard, and master basic mathematics. After a severe head trauma, he chose instead to write stories and learn the high art of cocktail mixing, and spent the next twenty years in a pleasant haze of fiction and booze. Since 1995, he has published his own magazine, The Inner Swine.Jeff Somers lives in Hoboken, NJ, with his lovely wife Danette and their plump, imperious cat Pierre. Jeff insists the cat would be delicious.
With over 105 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of his novels have been adapted into major films - The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and The Choice. For all the latest news from Nicholas Sparks, sign up for his e-Newsletter at www.nicholassparks.com, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @NicholasSparks.
Dr Michael Sparrow, now happily settled on the Devon/Cornwall border, has charted an unconventional course from the immaturity and uncertainty of life as a medical student, through hospital jobs and a six year spell in the Royal Air Force, to the immaturity and uncertainty of life as a rural GP. Aged somewhere between qualification and retirement, he is delighted to have finally left the bottom rung of his career.
Elizabeth Speller studied Classics at university. She is a prize-winning poet, and has written three non-fiction books, including her memoir SUNLIGHT IN THE GARDEN (Granta), and her debut novel, The Return of Captain John Emmett.