Russell Blake is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixty action-thriller, dystopian, and suspense novels, who's been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and has co-authored two bestselling novels with Clive Cussler. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Czech, Romanian and Bulgarian, and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Blake's characters are larger than life - their energy and richness spill into binge-worthy series, such as JET, DRAKE RAMSEY, ARTEMUS BLACK, ASSASSIN, THE DAY AFTER NEVER.EVER, etc.
Burton was one of Time magazine's first female correspondents. She started in 1964 as a library 'clip girl', rising to LA correspondent in 1970, Paris correspondent in 1977, Hong Kong bureau chief in 1982 and Beijing bureau chief in 1989. Moments before Benighno Aquino was assassinated in 1983 she had just interviewed him, and later wrote the book “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: The Marcoses, Aquinos, and the Unfinished Revolution”. She died prematurely aged 62 in Bali, Indonesia under what some had said were mysterious circumstances.
Thomas Caplan , a founder of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, is the author of LINE OF CHANCE, PARALLELOGRAM, GRACE AND FAVOR. Recently Caplan broke ranks with his previous works to write a well-received thriller THE SPY WHO JUMPED OFF THE SCREEN, the Amazon Best Books of the Month in 2012, to which President Bill Clinton wrote the introduction. Caplan lives in Maryland and is currently working on a new thriller entitled: THE MAN WHO WASN'T.
Burton was one of Time magazine's first female correspondents. She started at the publication in 1964 as a secretary, rising to LA correspondent in 1970, Paris correspondent in 1977, Hong Kong bureau chief in 1982 and Beijing bureau chief in 1989. She was extraordinary courteous, fair-minded and intellectually honest. She was sociable and warm without being obtrusive or showy, always interested in people around her, always keen to learnt new things and discuss new ideas. She worked extraordinarily hard, driven not so much by ambition but by a need to be meticulous, accurate and fair. Moments before Benighno Aquinoe was assassinated in 1983 she had just interviewed him, and later wrote the book “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: The Marcoses, Aquinos, and the Unfinished Revolution” about her experiences.
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee is a two time Booker Prize winner and a Nobel Laureate for Literature. His oeuvre is the humanistic canon of universal values, timeless, and without geopolitical underpinnings. He was born in South Africa, studied in London, UK and in Austin, Texas, USA. Has been associated with the Committee of Social Thought in Chicago University and is a dedicated advocate against animal cruelty and husbandry farms. He has received many domestic and international awards, which include the Jerusalem Prize, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Lannan Literary Prize, Prix Femina étranger, The Irish Times International Fiction Prize and most recently The Inaugural Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities. His works have been adapted for live stage dramatization in Europe, South Africa, Canada, and Latin America. His most recent fiction includes of THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS, THE SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS, and a collection of stories entitled MORAL TALES. J. M. Coetzee is a Professor of Literature at the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, where he has founded the J. M. Coetzee Center for Creative Writing.
Over fifty decades of writing and still his readership shows no fatigue, on the contrary he is read more widely encompassing generational gaps. Clive Cussler is loved and deservedly so, for his wit, humanity, inventiveness and imagination. He keeps his readers tethered to his characters, in a world where evil has no place, once courage and honor face it. Not a day goes by without a new language, a new territory, a new publisher discovering his books. His novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, his heroes have won hearts, lifted spirits and helped people in diverse societies escape the daily rut and transport into a world where men are gentlemen and women ladies, a man’s word is worth its weight in gold, and strong women soften their hearts when it comes to his heroes.
There has been so much demand on his time. Shipwrecks waiting to reach dry lands, troops requesting him in war zones, publishers requiring his presence at forums, roasts, and interactive fun times with their readers. Crowds go where Clive goes, he makes these events unforgettable, injecting energy in everything he does. Above all he consistently fulfills the higher demand of his calling - being the master of his craft, the hero maker. No matter how many ways his readers are pulled by other forces of entertainment, Clive's books sustain, their pull is insurmountable, their lure irresistible.
Stephen Horn was born in the Bronx, New York, and received an engineering degree from Rutgers University. He commanded an infantry company of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. As a prosecutor in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, he tried criminal cases and participated in some of the department's most famous investigations, including the killing of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in the private practice of law, he lives outside Washington, D.C., with his family. His first novel - IN HER DEFENSE became an instant NY Times bestseller, followed by LAW OF GRAVITY.
Judith Kelman is the author of 17 novels, including SOMEONE'S WATCHING, which was adapted as a film for NBC and won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She co-authored three editions of Dr. Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book: The Complete Guide to Prostatitis, Prostate Cancer, and BPH. Kelman is also the author of hundreds of articles and essays for major publications, including: Glamour, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, and the New York Times and dozens of short stories featured in published anthologies. In 2008, she founded the Visible Ink Writing Program, which offers cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering the opportunity to tell their stories with the individual support of a professional writing mentor. Thousands of patients have joined, as have over 250 volunteer mentors. Together they’ve produced over 65,000 pages of fiction, essays, memoirs, poems, blogs, articles, and plays. Kelman was honored with the Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers in 2015.
Paul Kemprecos is the co-author with Clive Cussler of eight books in the best-selling NUMA Files adventure series, the first spin-off from the highly-successful Dirk Pitt novels. He has also written eight Cape Cod-based mystery novels featuring private detective, fisherman and diver Aristotle “Soc” Socarides. His first book in that series, Cool Blue Tomb, received the Shamus award from the Private Eye Writers of America for best original paperback. Following his collaboration with Cussler, he wrote The Emerald Scepter, featuring former Navy SEAL and Woods Hole underwater robotics engineer Matinicus "Matt" Hawkins. A sequel to that book, entitled The Minoan Cipher, was nominated for a Thriller award in 2017 by the International Thriller Writers. His most recent book, Shark Bait was released in April of 2018 by Suspense Publishing He and his wife Christi, a financial advisor, live on Cape Cod.
Brian Lysaght is a former federal procecutor who lives and practices law in Santa Monica, California. He prefers others to speak about himself on the basis of his novels:
'Eye of the Beholder is one of the rare books that knows exactly what it wants to do and does it with great style, dispatch and efficiency. Brian Lysaght knows how to create lively characters, spin them through a complex, surprising, masterfully interlocking plot, and return them to earth on a last tender wave of emotion. ...Mr. Lysaght has shouldered his way into the first rank of thriller writers.' - Peter Straub
"The suspense builds to a major revelation that has been carefully seeded yet made invisible by Lysaght's deft storytelling; a story told this well, and this intelligently, deserves a wide readership." - Publishers Weekly
Gerry Spence, a member of The American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame and the founder of The Non-profit Trial Lawyers College, which trains trial lawyers especially those who specialize in pro bono work and/or service as public defendants. He is the author of nineteen books (HOW TO ARGUE AND WIN ALL THE TIME – an international bestseller among them) and has brought his legal insight and expertise to many television and radio shows, including Oprah, 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, Rivera Live. He has tried many nationally known cases including the case of Karen Silkwood vs.Kerr-McGee, the defense of Randy Werner, Geoffrey Feiger, Imelda Marcos and Brandon Mayfield.
Fred Mustard Stewart
Fred Mustard Stewart (named after his grandfather Fred Mustard) was born and raised in Indiana. Stewart attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, class of 1950. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history in 1954, where he was a member of the Colonial Club. He originally planned to be a concert pianist, and studied with Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School. Stewart spent some time in the Coast Guard before beginning his career as a writer. His most popular books were The Mephisto Waltz (1969), adapted for a 1971 film starring Alan Alda; Six Weeks (1976), made into a 1982 film starring Mary Tyler Moore; Century, a New York Times best-seller in 1981; and Ellis Island (1983), which became a CBS mini-series in 1984. He died in 2007.