Anthony Horowitz is a screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and the author of the bestselling Alex Rider novels. Scorpia Rising, the ninth and final installment, will be published in April 2011. He lives in London. Des Wilie hide caption

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Formerly a trial lawyer, Richard North Patterson served as the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He is now a best-selling thriller writer. Patterson writes his novels longhand from an outline and then faxes his notes to his assistant who types them up -- a system that has worked for him for nearly 30 years. Peter Simon hide caption

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Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Emperor of Ocean Park as well as many other works of fiction and nonfiction. Elena Seibert hide caption

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