An author, single mother, journalist, madam and sexpert, Samantha X is a modern day woman who is dedicated to empowering other women.Samantha X grew up in London, where she attended an elite private school. She comes from a middle class educated and conservative background. No stranger to controversy, Samantha launched her career as a young, bright-eyed reporter; having started as a young gun on London's tabloid press, chasing celebrities and writing salacious stories.In the year 2000, she decided to give up London life for sun and sea and set up home in Sydney. There, she spent 10 happy years writing for Australia's top magazines and notched a few top jobs on her resume, from news editor at New Idea magazine to beauty director on the prestigious fashion title InStyle; as well as freelance producer on Seven's Today Tonight. Samantha appeared as the regular beauty expert on Seven's The Morning Show.After her relationship breakdown and a few failed relationships, Samantha decided to dip her toe into what she felt was an empowering industry, and became a high-class escort. She firmly believes it is a far more ethical and kinder career than that of a hard-nosed reporter. In September 2014, Samantha went public and released her first book Hooked: Secrets of a High Class Escort.Her controversial story made global headlines and she was invited to LA and London to appear on various talk shows, as well as becoming a popular voice in Australian press. While some attacked her for job choice, she soon became an inspiration for women and men worldwide wanting to know her secrets in and out of the bedroom.In 2015, Samantha started Samantha X Angels, a high-class escort agency. She now lives by the beach with her two children and two dogs.
Lian Xi is a professor of world Christianity at Duke Divinity School. The author Redeemed by Fire and The Conversion of Missionaries, he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Qiu Xiaolong (pronounced 'Joe Shau-long') was born in Shanghai. The Cultural Revolution began in his last year of elementary school, and out of school, out of job, he studied English by himself in a local park. In 1977, he began his studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and then the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing. After graduation, he worked at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as an associate research professor, published poems, translations and criticism, and became a member of the Chinese Writers' Association. In 1988, he came to Washington University in St. Louis, U.S. as a Ford foundation fellow to do a project on Eliot, but after the Tiananmen tragedy of 1989, he decided to stay on. He then obtained a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington University and taught there. Having won several awards for his poetry in English, he moved on to write a novel about contemporary Chinese society in transition, which developed into the critically acclaimed, award-winning Inspector Chen series. The series has been translated into sixteen languages. In addition, Qiu Xiaolong has published a poetry collection, several poetry translations, and a collection of linked stories (also serialized in Le Monde). He lives in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.