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.
Paul Van Loon
Paul van Loon is one of Holland's most popular writers. A favourite with the Dutch Children's Jury, he wins the prize almost every year and has sold over 1 million copies of his titles in the Netherlands alone.
Rupert is a talented illustrator who works on a range of books for children.
Paige VanZant is an American martial artist who competes in the Women's Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Champion.
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.
Denise Vega wrote her first children's book when she was twelve years old. Her short stories have been published in a number of children's magazines including Spider, Highlights and Pockets. She is the author of Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade), Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages) and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?
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.
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS is the New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet and The Virgin Diet Cookbook. An internationally recognized expert in weight loss, Virgin has appeared on The Doctors, the Rachael Ray Show and Today, among many other programs, and blogs frequently for the Huffington Post, Prevention magazine, and Livestrong.com.
Frank Viva is an illustrator and graphic designer who has won more than 300 awards. His illustrations have appeared in Time, Esquire, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and on the cover of the New Yorker
Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original casts of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He lives in New York City.
Jan and Sara were already friends when one day they decided they wanted to write children's stories and it would be more fun to write them together. That was 18 years ago. Since then they've written over 160 stories - including some about ghosts, football, ghosts playing football and naughty gargoylz. Jan lives in Essex with her family and Sara lives in London with hers. They both have black cats who completely rule their lives. For more information, please visit Jan and Sara's website www.burchettandvogler.co.uk and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BurchettVogler. Keep up-to-date with the Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate blog at http://samsilverundercoverpirate.blogspot.co.uk.