Kym Lloyd was born and grew up in Swansea. As a schoolchild she won a WHSmith Young Writers Prize and, after gaining a degree in French and working for a publisher in Oxford, chose to concentrate on her writing. While supporting herself in a variety of jobs from cleaning to van driving, she succeeded in getting short stories and poems published in several magazines. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and twin daughters.
Sheila Llewellyn was born in England, of Welsh heritage, and has dual British/Irish citizenship. She has worked in Africa, Iran, Singapore, Germany and Russia. In 2002, she trained as a cognitive behavioural therapist at the University of Oxford, moved to Northern Ireland with her husband and worked as a specialist in PTSD at a national trauma centre. She completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast in 2016.
Margot Livesey is a New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, and the Atlantic. She is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and her novel The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Born in Scotland, Livesey currently lives in the Boston area and is a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Phillip Lewis was born and raised in a small town called West Jefferson in the mountains of North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later received a law degree from Campbell University. While his law practice is based in downtown Charlotte, much of his work has been in the western part of North Carolina, in the mountains.
John Le Carré
John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.
Fifi Lapin's 256 brothers and sisters died in myxomatosis outbreak when she was one. Consequently, her parents spoil her rotten. As an hare-ess to her father's fortune, which he made playing fast and loose with carrot and lettuce shares on the international stock market, she has been allowed to indulge her passion for fashion. In 2009 Fifi Lapin t-shirts were sold in the US and the UK (ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Barneys, Forever 21) and she collaborated with Le Sportsac on two collections, which were sold in twenty countries. Her pictures appeared on Topshop's Christmas cards - their most successful ever. Fifi is in a long-term relationship with Sonny Hare and has a dog, Stella.
Davina Langdale studied Zoology at Bristol University, and worked with 93 chimpanzees and a hippo in Northern Zambia. She returned to the UK to take a postgraduate diploma in journalism at the London College of Printing, and after a brief stint in that field she realised that fiction was her true love. The Brittle Star is her first novel.
Phil LaMarche was born in 1976 and grew up between New Hampshire and northern New York State. Raised with a love of the outdoors, his passion for whitewater kayaking has taken him all over the world. After graduating in English and Textual Studies, he gained an MFA at Syracuse University and was subsequently awarded the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction in Prague and a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship in St. Petersburg. His story, In the Tradition of My Family, published in the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Story anthology, has been made into a short film by Now or Later Productions. He now lives in upstate New York.