About the Authors – Harrison Cheung & Nicola Pittam
Meet the real-life Alfred! Harrison Cheung worked for Christian Bale as publicist, marketer and personal assistant for almost a decade. As a family friend and confidant, Harrison was involved with practically every aspect of Christian’s life, including his publicity, finances, immigration, fan mail, and, of course, web marketing. Using web marketing, Harrison created the Balehead fan community and made Christian Bale the biggest star on the Internet. Entertainment Weekly touted Bale as one of the ‘Top Cult Figures of the Past Decade’ because of his Internet presence. Past clients include: Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlton Heston and Gloria Steinem.
Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Harrison has been writing all of his life. His first novel, Idol Worship, was a finalist in the Writers' Guild Fiction competition. Most recently, his short story Witness won Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s 2010 Short Fiction competition. In 2002, he produced an award-winning short film called Rising of the Moon, about IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands. He is currently working on a series of novels and other books about the Hollywood scene. In 2012, he won a Telly Award for his first book trailer and in 2013, this biography of Christian Bale earned Best Biography Finalist for the Indie Book Awards.
Harrison is a Digital Marketing professional for IBM where he earned an Innovation Award for his work in Internet marketing. He has also earned the President's Volunteer Service Award for the past three years for his volunteer work in literacy.
He is a member of the Authors Guild and is represented by Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. Read his blog here.
Nicola Pittam has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past fifteen years as a celebrity news journalist. She supplies news and features to a variety of publications in the U.S. and the U.K. including the New York Post, USA Today, People Magazine, Us Weekly, TMZ, RadarOnline, London Times, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Hello!, OK, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
She has also written a biography with Angie Best – ex-wife of England’s most famous soccer player George Best and fitness trainer to world-renowned entertainer Cher. George And Me: An Autobiography (ISBN 1852279028) was published in the U.K. by Virgin Publishing in September 2001.
Nicola started her career as a writer at the age of 19 when she wrote for her local paper in Northampton, England. She has come a long way since then, including spending almost four years, from the ages of 22 to 26, working for Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper in London, which is the highest selling daily newspaper in the UK. Nicola, now 40, still writes for all the British daily newspapers, based in Los Angeles but reporting from across America. In addition, she is working on several scripts including a TV pilot and a YA novel.