Robert V.S. Redick
Robert V.S. Redick worked most recently for the anti-poverty organization Oxfam. His epic fantasy series, The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, begins with The Red Wolf Conspiracy and concluded with The Night of the Swarm (August 2012). Red Wolf was a finalist for the 2008 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was one of the top ten science fiction and fantasy releases of the year in the SFX magazine poll. Book II, The Ruling Sea, was rated the #1 fantasy novel of 2009 by Fantasy Book Critic. Redick has also worked as an international development researcher in Argentina, baker, horse handler and drama critic. He currently lives in Virginia.
Catherynne M. Valente
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.
Lucia Van Der Post
Lucia van der Post is the author of THINGS I WISH MY MOTHER HAD TOLD ME and CELEBRATE. She has a weekly style advice column, 'Van der Postings', in the Financial Times's How to Spend It magazine and has also written for the The Times, New Statesman and Departures, amongst others.
Zanna Van Dijk
Zanna van Dijk is a 23-year-old London-based, Yorkshire-born, qualified personal trainer and nutrition consultant, Instagram star, blogger, vlogger and co-founder of the #girlgains women's fitness and empowerment movement. One of Women's Health's top 5 fitness bloggers and Women's Fitness magazine's 'Ones to watch in 2016', Zanna is the judge of the HBC Health Blog Awards, the female face of both the Tommy Hilfiger sports capsule collection and Adidas' most recent workout videos, she has just released her new activewear collection and in January 2016 appeared on the front cover of The Sunday Times Style magazine. She hosts and speaks at various events ranging from intimate brunches to large group workouts. These include her own series of supper clubs as well as headlining at the Be:Fit festival. Most recently she's hosted a series of Adidas Bootcamp workouts. She's also a full time nut butter addict. Check out her website www.zannavandijk.co.ukConnect with her on Instagram and Twitter @zannavandijk, on Snapchat at zanzapan, Facebook www.facebook.com/zannavandijk and on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/zannavandijk
Erin Van Rheenen
When Erin Van Rheenan was three years old, her parents moved the family from their native Oregon to a two-year Peace Corps stint in Nigeria. Since then Erin has been fortunate to live outside of the US for extended periods of time in Ireland, Ecuador, Mexico, and Guatemala, among other places. She answered Costa Rica's call in 2000; the first edition of Living Abroad in Costa Rica came out in 2004.Erin earned a BA in Latin American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Masters in Fiction Writing and English Literature from the City University of New York, and a certificate of proficiency in Spanish from the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador. She has published essays and stories and articles in venues ranging from Fiction Magazine to the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has won several awards, and she was honored with inclusion in the Best Women's Travel Writing.
Mark van Vugt
Mark van Vugt is Professor of Evolutionary, Work and Organizational Psychology at VU University, and research associate at Oxford University. He is the author of the international success Leadership (2011), and a regular contributor to national and international media channels such as the BBC, Channel Four, ABC, CNN, Nature, New Scientist, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Van Vugt is also consulting editor of various psychology journals.
Jack Vance (1916-2013)John Holbrook Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo Award, Big Planet, The Anome, and the Lyonesse sequence. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, amongst others, and in 1997 was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Tim Vandehey is a bestselling ghostwriter and co-author. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and daughters
Laura Vanderkam is the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and I Know How She Does It, among others. Her 2016 TED talk 'How to Gain Control of Your Free Time' has been viewed more than five million times. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, and other publications. She lives with her husband and their four children outside Philadelphia.
Mark Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways, flying Boeing 747s to major cities around the world.Skyfaring, his first book about airline flying, was a huge international bestseller.
Paige VanZant is an American martial artist who competes in the Women's Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Champion.
Elizabeth Vaughan is a barrister specialising in bankruptcy and financial cases in addition to being a fantasy romance novelist. She lives in Ohio, and you can learn more at www.eavwrites.com.
Michael Vaughan was born in Manchester in 1974. Michael began playing professional cricket at the age of seventeen and first captained the England Under-19 cricket team in 1993. He made his Test debut for England in 1999 against South Africa and in May the following year scored his first Test century against Pakistan. In 2002, Michael scored 900 runs in just seven Tests and was named PCA Player of the Year. Michael was appointed captain of England in 2003, the same year in which he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year and reached the top of the world rankings. In 2005, Michael captained the team that reclaimed the Ashes in an historic series against Australia and was awarded the OBE. Injury prevented him from captaining the team that travelled to Australia the following year, but on his recovery Michael returned to the Test side and surpassed Peter May's record of twenty wins as England captain. His final total of twenty-six wins makes him the most successful Test captain of all time. Michael Vaughan resigned from the captaincy in 2008 and in June 2009 he retired from all cricket. Michael lives with his wife and two children in Derbyshire.
Fighting Talk is an award-winning topical sports panel show broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live. Its first season aired in October 2003, and was presented by Johnny Vaughan, the second season featured Christian O'Connell, and it is currently hosted by Colin Murray.
Carrie Vaughn was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. She currently lives in Colorado with her miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. She has a Masters degree in English Lit, loves to travel, and is known occasionally to pick up a rapier.
David is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with Rob Willson. He is a consultant psychiatrist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2006-8. He has about 50 publications to his name, accessible through his website www.veale.co.uk. He has been helping people with depression and anxiety disorders for more than 15 years.
Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year.
Lizzie Velasquez is an internationally renowned motivational speaker, YouTube personality and anti-bullying activist. She has been featured on The View, the Today show, Forbes, Time, Huffington Post, People, and Allure, among many other national and international media platforms. The critically acclaimed documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story was based on her life.
One of the best-known mountaineers of his generation, Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen, pioneering a new route at the same time. His first book Painted Mountains won the Boardman Tasker Award; reviewing his most recent book, A Slender Thread, the Observer praised his 'novelist's sense of dramatic punch'. As well as eight books, he has written for all the major national newspapers and appeared in numerous television programmes, including the recent BBC Mountain Men series, for which he climbed the Matterhorn in Victorian tweeds and nailed boots, and the BBC's Race for Everest. His most recent project was retracing Shackleton's steps across South Georgia for the IMAX movie Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. A master storyteller and skilful photographer, he is also a motivational speaker whose illustrated lectures have inspired audiences all around the world.