Publishing under such variant names as A. E. Maxwell, Annalise Sun, Lowell Charters, and Elizabeth Lowell, Ann Maxwell, born in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1944, is well known for her romance, historical, mystery, crime, and science fiction novels. Lowell married Evan Maxwell, a journalist, on September 4, 1966. Together they have published numerous novels, including "The Silk Strategy" and "The Ruby." Many of their novels were published under the joint pseudonym A. E. Maxwell and include the titles "Steal the Sun" and "Redwood Empire." She and her husband also collaborated on "The Golden Mountain" under the pseudonym Annalise Sun as well on as the novelization of the screenplay "Thunderheart" under the pseudonym Lowell Charters. She wrote as Elizabeth Lowell for the "Silhouette Intimate Moments Series" published by Avon. She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 1994, Romance Writers of America Best Historical Romance in 1994, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, also in 1994. Lowell was educated at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Riverside, where she received a B.A. in 1966. She and Maxwell have two children, Matthew and Heather. Aside from writing, Lowell enjoys bird watching, beachcombing, geology, and fishing.
Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 25 years and is coauthor of a college text in human biology, now in its eighth edition. She was worked extensively in educational and commercial publishing, including 8 years in editorial management positions in the college divisions of Random House and McGraw-Hill. In a multifaceted freelance career, Bev also has written or coauthored 10 trade books, as well as story panels for exhibitions at the Science Museum of Virginia and the San Francisco Exploratorium. She has worked as a radio producer and speechwriter for the University of California system and as science writer and media relations advisor for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.