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.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker and author renowned for his personal experience in overcoming anxiety after fifteen years. Since his transformation, Carl has been passionate about helping others overcome anxiety and achieve more than they thought possible by sharing life-changing habits and principles. Find more at www.carlvernon.com
Mark Vernon is writer and author of several books including After Atheism (2007), The Philosophy of Friendship (2005) and Wellbeing (2008). He has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in philosophy and is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London. He also writes for newspapers including the Guardian, TLS and Financial Times, and began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.
Hailed as the "Internet's Big Sister", Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger and YouTuber with over 23 million total views to date. Grace is a BBC documentary presenter and Summer 2016 saw her debut the hit documentary 'Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets'. Additionally she is a dedicated body image campaigner, has exclusively presented London Fashion Week and has worked with brands including L'Oreal, Clinique, ASOS and New Look, to name but a few.