Born in Chicago in 1932, John Jakes began writing professionally when he was at university, having sold his first story for $25. He did freelance advertising copy while writing short stories and in 1973 started his 8-volume saga, The Kent Family Chronicles. All eight volumes were bestsellers.
Samantha Jayne is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She's the creator of the popular Tumblr and Instagram Quarter Life Poetry, in which she documents the #struggles of adulthood through doodles and quatrains. Her work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, and shared across the web by disgruntled 20-somethings everywhere.
Michael Jecks has published forty titles, five more collaborative novels, and many contributions to anthologies. The Death Ship of Dartmouth was shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and his work has been celebrated by the fountain pen manufacturers Conway Stewart and Visconti. The founder of Medieval Murderers, he has served on the committee of the Historical Writers' Association and as Chair of the Crime Writers' Association. He became Secretary of the Detection Club in 2016, and lives on Dartmoor with his wife and two children.
Pam Jenoff started her career in the Pentagon and was a State Department officer for several years. She lives in the US.
Louise is a USA Today bestselling author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, dog and a rather naughty cat. Louise's first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both No.1 bestsellers, and have been sold for translation in sixteen territories. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016.
David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on over 40 cookbooks. He specializes in healthy cooking and is the author of A Man, A Can, A Plan, a series of healthy cookbooks that has sold more than 1 million copies.
Mark Johnson was born in the West Midlands in 1970. After years of drug and alcohol abuse, he finally became clean and now runs his tree surgery business and helps other recovering addicts.
CHALMERS JOHNSON, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, has written highly acclaimed books on Japan and Asia.
Liz Jones is a columnist for the 'Mail on Sunday', Fashion Editor of the 'Daily Mail' and a former editor of 'Marie Claire'. She lives in Somerset.