Evelyn McFarlane grew up in San Diego after being born in Brooklyn. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in architecture and has worked as an architect in New York and Boston. She is currently based in Florence, Italy. She paints and lectures on architecture for the Elderhostel programs in addition to writing. James Saywell was born in Canada and spent his childhood in Asia.
He designs buildings and furniture in addition to answering queries. Between the United States, Italy, and Hong Kong, he spends his time.