Lynne Reid Banks was born in London in 1929. Author of over 30 books, Lynne best-selling novel is The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies. She was the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks. During World War II she was part of the child evaciations and was sent to live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She returned home as soon as the war was over. Prior to writing, Lynne was a television actress in the 1950's, and then one of the first women TV news reporters in Britain. In 1962 Lynne emigrated to Israel where she taught. The influence of Israel can be seen in some of Lynne's books such as One More River and its sequel, Broken Bridge, And End to Running, and Children at the Gate. In 1965 she married Chaim Stephenson, a sculptor, and together they had three children. Lynne now lives in Dorsey, England with her husband. Lynne wrote for both children and her adults, among her other children's books are Tiger Tiger, Alice-By-Accident, The Dungeon, The Fairy Rebel, I, Houdini, and Melusine.
Venus is a pre-published author holding a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Hamline University. She is rather obsessed with good writing, science fiction, the hero's journey, epic fantasies, and Indian food.