Bob Carss spent 18 years with 22 Special Air Service (SAS), where he trained as a tracker and ran numerous tracking courses for special forces.
One of Britain's most original writers, Angela Carter was highly lauded for her novels, short stories and journalism. She died in February 1992.
The daughter of German immigrants, Betsy Carter is the author of the novels Swim to Me, The Orange Blossom Special, and The Puzzle King, as well as her bestselling memoir, Nothing to Fall Back On. She is also the creator and editor of New York Woman Magazine, and has worked at many other magazines, including Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born in Virginia where for generations her ancestors farmed land. She became a teacher and journalist and is one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.
Katherine Center graduated from Vassar College, where she won the Vassar College fiction prize, and the University of Houston, where she received the Mitchell fellowship and earned an MA in fiction. A former co-editor for the literary journal Gulf Coast, she lives with her husband and two children in Houston. Visit her at www.katherinecenter.com
Jamaica-born Margaret Cezair-Thompson, a creative writing instructor at Wellesley College and author of The True History of Paradise.
Sir Bobby Charlton was born in 1937 in Northumberland. He joined Manchester United in 1954 and first played for England in April 1958. He was involved in four World Cups, including the victorious England team of 1966.He was awarded the OBE in 1969, the CBE in 1974 and was knighted in 1994, the first footballer to gain such an honour since Sir Stanley Matthews in 1965.
LINCOLN CHILD is the New York Times bestselling author of Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, and Utopia, as well as co-author with Douglas Preston of numerous international bestsellers in their Pendergast and Gideon Crew series.
Adrian Chiles is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is the regular presenter of BBC TV's Working Lunch and Match of the Day 2, as well as Radio 5 Live's 606 phone-in and The One Show on the BBC. He has also been involved in the TV series The Apprentice.
M. Christian is - among many things - an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and websites.He is the editor of 25 anthologies including The Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Coming Together Presents M.Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Finger's Breadth and Painted Doll. He lives in San Francisco.
Matt Christopher is the beloved and bestselling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.
Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyväskylä, Finland. His website is schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com
Amanda Coe is the acclaimed screenwriter and author who in 2013 won a BAFTA for the BBC Four adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top, starring Maxine Peake. Her other credits include Life in Squares, Margot, As If and the recent BBC One adaptation of Apple Tree Yard. Her novels What They Do in the Dark and Getting Colder are published by Virago.
Anthea Cohen, SRN, worked as a hospital sister and private nurse. A columnist for the Nursing Mirror and regular contributor to World Medicine, she has written eighteen Agnes Turner novels, among other work.Her Agnes Carmichael novels have been described as the 'one of the most original chiller series around'. (Felicia Lamb, Mail on Sunday)
Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of thirteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks, as well as her latest hardback, have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication. Total sales of Martina's novels stand at eight million copies.
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.
Iris Collier is the daughter of a professional musician and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read history. She taught creative writing in Chichester for a number of years and now lives in Boxgrove, England, where she researches and writes history books and thrillers. She is very interested in the rich history of England, and in particular, the history of the local priory at Boxgrove, where she gives guided tours. Boxgrove Priory and its environs provided much of the background and inspiration for Day of Wrath, her first historical crime novel. Iris is married to a former diplomat, and has traveled a great deal throughout her married life. She has two grown children and one grandson.
Charlie Connelly is a freelance writer specialising in European sport and travel and has written for BBC Match of the Day magazine, Four Four Two, Time Out and the award-winning Scottish Sunday Herald Magazine.
Bob Cooper is the go-to survival man for ABC radio and television. He has delivered outback safety and survival courses since 1990 and is considered the leading desert survival instructor in the country. He has also featured in several major television documentaries produced for National Geographic America, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, THE WORLD AROUND US and 60 MINUTES. For more information about Bob visit his website (http://www.bobcoopersurvival.com/index.asp).