Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a farmer and a schoolteacher. He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II and attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire. He has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters, The Hodgeheg, and The Sheep Pig (aka Babe-The Gallant Pig), which was adapted as the 1995 film Babe. The 1995 TV miniseries The Queen's Nose was also based in one of his books. He was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1991 British Book Awards. He died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 88.
Cynthia D. Fisher is professor of management at Bond University. She received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. She has held full-time teaching positions in the US, Singapore, and Australia, and has taught in India and South Africa. The recipient of several significant research grants, Dr. Fisher has published scholarly articles in journals such as the "Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, "and "Journal of Organizational Behavior.