Dermot O'Leary has been the much-loved host of ITV's The X Factor for seven series, and is now working on his eighth. He also presents his own Sony award-winning BBC Radio 2 show, which draws in close to 2 million listeners each week. From early beginnings as a Runner for BBC Essex, then a Researcher on the TV show Light Lunch, Dermot became one of the founding presenters on Channel Four's T4, before moving on to presenting and producing Big Brother's Little Brother. Dermot has hosted a number of other programmes including, most recently, Channel Four's ground-breaking documentary Live From Space which broadcast from the International Space Station.
Julia Bryant was born in Portsmouth: her step-father and husband both served in the Navy. She trained as a nurse, then after her three children grew up, earned an honours B.A. in English and history. She and her husband now live in Portsmouth once more. Visit her website at www.juliabryant-online.com.
Countess Of Carnarvon
Lady Fiona Carnarvon married the current Earl of Carnarvon in 1999, and they took over Highclere eight years ago.
Marc Olden is the author of nine bestselling chilling novels including, recently, THE EXCHANGE STUDENTS, which was optioned by Robert DeNiro's film company, Tribeca. He has spent months researching his thrillers as an honorary cop on the beat in New York City.
Lauren Oliver is the author of YA novels Ringer, Replica, Before I Fall, Panic, Vanishing Girls and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestsellers. She is also the author of two standalone novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; the Curiosity House series; and a novel for adults, Rooms. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Glasstown Entertainment. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find more information at www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (/laurenoliverbooks).
Before entering 10 Downing Street as Director of Politics and Communications, Craig Oliver was an award-wining journalist. His roles included editing the BBC's News at Six and Ten, Controller of the World Service and Executive Editor of ITV's flagship news programmes. He has three daughters and lives in London.
Dr Magnus Olsensen
Dr Magnus Olsensen - director of the Institute of Wellbeing in Aarhus - has dedicated his career to researching the "science of warm feelings" and helping people to find their own special cosy place. Now - for the first time, and with the help of his very charming colleague Freja Børnjoka - he has combined all his advice and questionable expertise in one agreeable volume.
Yang-May Ooi was born in Malaysia of Chinese parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpur. Educated at Rodean and St Hilda's, Oxford, she practised as a solicitor for eight years. She is now a practising solicitor. Her first novel, THE FLAME TREE, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1998. Yang-may Ooi lives in London
Lisa Osteen Comes
Lisa Osteen Comes serves as an associate pastor of the Lakewood Church, the largest church in America, led by her brother Joel Osteen. Comes teaches on a rotating basis at Lakewood, and fills the pulpit when Joel is traveling. She is an Oral Roberts University graduate.
Damien Owens was born in Monaghan in 1971 and studied English at Queen's University, Belfast. He has contributed to several Irish magazines, been a freelance comedy reviewer in Australia, and worked as a copywriter. Dead Cat Bounce is his first novel.
Alice Ozma, a Rowan University graduate, lives surrounded by world-class libraries and bookstores in historical Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about literature, education and working with children. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aliceozma, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AliceOzma and find out more about her and The Reading Promise at www.makeareadingpromise.com.