Thomas J. Craughwell
Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and problem solver. He traced the evolution of Manhattan urban legends (Alligators in the Sewer); sorted out fact from fiction in old wives tales (Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?); identified the patron saints of bloggers, vegetarians and hangovers (This Saint Will Change Your Life); and resurrected a long-forgotten story from 1876, when a gang of hapless Irish immigrant counterfeiters tried to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln--and almost got away with it (Stealing Lincoln's Body). Tom lives in Bethel, Connecticut.
David J. Skal
David J. Skal's many books include Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, Screams of Reason, and, with Elias Savada, Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning. With Nina Auerbach, he is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. He lives in Glendale, California.
Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at nineteen he sat in his school library and started a story in the back of an exercise book. Since then he has studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law. Benedict has a website at www.benedictjacka.co.uk and tweets at @BenedictJacka.
Tom Jackson has been a writer for 20 years. He has written more than 80 books and contributed to hundreds more. Tom gets to write about a wide range of subjects, everything from axolotls to zoroastrianism. However, his specialties are natural history, technology and all things scientific. Tom spends his days finding fun ways of communicating these kinds of facts, new and old, to all age groups and reading abilities.Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children. He studied zoology at Bristol University and has had spells working at the zoos in Jersey and Surrey. Tom has also worked as a conservationist, which saw him planting trees in Somerset, surveying Vietnamese jungle and rescuing wildlife from drought-ridden Zimbabwe. Writing jobs have also taken him to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the coral reefs of Indonesia and the Sahara Desert. Nowadays, he can be found mainly in the attic.
Joshilyn Jackson, a native of the Deep South, has worked as an actor and an award-winning teacher, and is now a writer and a mother of two. Jackson lives with her husband and children outside of Atlanta.
Arthur Jackson graduated from Cambridge University as a doctor, taking on his own practice and bringing up his family in the glorious English countryside.
Laura Jackson is a highly regarded biographer. She has published biographies of many rock and film stars including: Steven Tyler, Queen, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian May and Jon Bon Jovi. Laura lives in Scotland.
VICKY JACOB-EBBINGHAUS is an award-winning copywriter from Johannesburg, South Africa, one half of a media- and design-savvy couple with JUAREZ RODRIGUES, an award-winning art director in the advertising industry. They live and work in Hamburg, Germany.
Barbara Jacob's novel for young adults, Stick, won two major UK awards. She writes a weekly advice column for several London newspapers and has her own radio phone-in on Century 106.
Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Christian Jacq is the bestselling author of over fifty books about Egypt and is the head of the Ramses Institute for the preservation of endangered archaeological sites. His five-book suite of biographical novels about the great pharaoh Ramses II has been published in more than 25 countries.
Milad Jafari was born in Iran and he and his family had to leave their homeland to escape political persecution. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor. Milad is working, studying and looking forward to the day he becomes an Australian citizen.
Michele Jaffe is the bestselling author several adult novels, including the thrillers BAD GIRL and LOVERBOY. A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele and her sparkly shoes reside in New York City.
Wendy Jago is an NLP Master Practitioner and qualified NLP coach, with a background in university teaching, teacher education and psychotherapy. She coaches for a leading firm of international bankers and is part of a fast-track management development programme for the NHS.
Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson Professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.Find her online at hopejahrensurecanwrite.com and jahrenlab.com
JAKe is a graphic artist whose street art has made the transition from London's walls to successful T-shirt ranges in Japan and the United States. He has collaborated with street artists, graffiti artists and, among others, Carhartt, The Mighty Boosh, The Prodigy, Motorola, Comme des Garçons and Lucasfilm.
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.
T.D. Jakes, one of the world's most widely recognized pastors, is the bestselling author of Woman Thou Art Loosed and sixteen other popular books. He has inspired millions through his speaking tours, and his television show, 'The Potter's Touch', airs weekly on Trinity Broadcast Network. The senior pastor of The Potter's House, a multiracial, nondenominational church, Bishop Jakes lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and five children.
Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
Cathryn Ramin is a distinguished journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. This is her first book.
Muriel Jakubait last saw her sister through a wire grille in a tiny visiting room inside the Condemned Unit at Holloway prison. She supported the recent appeal against the 1955 verdict, but was keenly aware at the time that key evidence was still not being made public. She says, 'Now is the time for the truth to be told. The public has the right to know.'Muriel Jakubait last saw her sister through a wire grille in a tiny visiting room inside the Condemned Unit at Holloway prison. She supported the recent appeal against the 1955 verdict, but was keenly aware at the time that key evidence was still not being made public. She says, 'Now is the time for the truth to be told. The public has the right to know.' Monica Weller is a freelance writer and photographer.