Anne Stokes (foreword and co-author) has loved the world of fantasy ever since she was a child and her father read her The Hobbit. She loves to share her visions of fantasy and gothic worlds with other people. Since starting out in merchandise design and freelance illustration, producing artwork for the games industry, such as for Dungeon & Dragons, she has become a renowned fantasy artist with a massive following. From romantic and magical enchanted lands to the dark underworld, she has created a whole host of dragons, femmes fatales, vampires, angels, fairies, unicorns and more. She lives in the north of England in Leeds, Yorkshire with her son Leo and partner John. John Woodward (co-author) is not only an author, but an artist, designer and sculptor. He has been associated with fantasy for most of his working life. Early in his career he was a designer and sculptor for `Enchantica', a successful gift-range that featured dragons, wizards and a whole world inhabited by strange beings. John has designed for many well known potteries, such as Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Denby. Apart from writing, he still sculpts and paints, living an idyllic life with Anne, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.