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As Barbara mentioned in her comments, you can use mechnaisms like \markboth or \markright. I just added the mark to your definitions. I also defined a command xchapter that takes an optional argument that will be typeset as the subtitle. The command in general patches the original \@makeschapterhead, makes the starting page empty and most important, clears ...


\documentclass[final]{book} \usepackage{lipsum} \begin{document} \chapter{Regular chapter} \lipsum[1-10] \chapter{Next regular chapter} \lipsum[5-10] \chapter{Another regular chapter} \lipsum[1-2] \csname @openrightfalse\endcsname \chapter{About author (it should start on first free page - which is even one, not odd one)} \lipsum[3-4] \end{document}

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