Robin grew up in the Western Australian goldfields and has spent many years living in provincial cities and country towns of varying sizes during a career spent teaching in Australia,England, and Canada. She has now settled, with her husband, in Toowoomba, also known as the “Garden City” of Queensland. It is well served with antique shops, and these provided the inspiration for the problems that bedevil the customers and staff of Archie’s Antiques.
Toowoomba also provides the basis for the Australian town of Ridgeway, the setting for Robin’s mystery novel Ridgeway Murder mysteries originally appeared in the ezine Bonzer! and Robin was very fortunate to have them picked up by Cyberworld Publishing, where they were first presented as ebooks then collected into a paperback edition.
Antonia Hildebrand is a poet, short story writer and essayist. She was born and educated in Toowoomba, Queensland. She married Reinhard Hildebrand and moved with him to Hamburg, Germany. She lived and worked in Europe for three years and also travelled in Europe and Asia before returning to Australia. She then studied at the Toowoomba Technical College, going to evening classes before gaining admission to the University of Queensland. She graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1987 with majors in both German and English literature. In 1993 she graduated Master of Letters (German) from the University of New England. Her first published short story, Nothing Ever Happens, appeared in Woman’s Day in 1981 and Downs Images in 1982 and she has since been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies in Australia as well as Britain and the USA. Her poems have appeared in Coppertales, Iodine Poetry Journal, Poetrix, Harvester and Squidink. Her short stories have appeared in Downs Images, Woman’s Day, Shortz, First Edition Magazine, Tirra Lirra and Four W Seventeen. An essay on John Howard, Ordinary Australians, was published in Overland in 2003.
In 1998 she won the University of Southern Queensland Library Poetry Prize and in 1999 the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award.
In 2002 she began contributing to Radio National’s Bush Telegraph program. Many of her short stories have been broadcast by Queensland Storyteller on Radio 4RPH and by Words and Music on Radio 91.3 FM. Her Radio National pieces and her film reviews and essays were collected for her book, The Past is Another Country: Viewpoints, Essays & Reviews published in 2003. She has also explored growing to adulthood, living in Europe and returning to Australia in the years 1951-1975 in her memoir Beautiful Life. In 2004 she co-wrote, with John Boshammer, Boshy and Me – a biography of his Rugby legend father, Kev Boshammer. A poetry collection, The Sweet Time, was published in 2006. Her most recent book is The Nine Eleven Handbook (2010). Her next book, The Blind Colossus: How Corporatism is Destroying the World is a work in progress.
Carmel Rowley is author of the adult fiction series Daughters of the Wind which includes Tails Carried High, Voices in the Wind, andWinds of Time.
Also the children’s book Danika and Yatimah from Egypt to the Outback the first in the As the Crow Flies series.
The second book in the series Danika and Yatimah in a Race for Rain is due to be released in 2014.
Having a lifelong love of horses Carmel has owned and bred purebred Arabians with her husband since 1975. A fascination for people and what motivates their life journey initially sparked the idea for the Daughters of the Wind series. Riding, owning, and breeding horses became the impetus for publishing articles in Australian and overseas publications, online magazines about the Arabian horse and breeding.
Susan is a member of Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and currently editor of their monthly magazineScope. She has recently been appointed as editor of Mia Mia the national magazine of Mothers Union Australia.
Her collection of short stories Farmer’s Kids, which has been used in many schools in Queensland and interstate, tells the adventures of a farming family in the late fifties- early sixties when kids got up to a bit of harmless mischief.
She has four children’s stories, illustrated by Tereasa Bannah, in which children are responsible for rescuing Australian wild life, Gordon’s Big Adventure: A story of Gordon the Golden-tail Gecko, Felix Goes to Town: A story of Felix the Fresh Water Crocodile, Quentin Goes Hunting: A story of Quentin the Spot Tail Quoll and Bella’s New Home: A story of Bella the Birdwing Butterfly. She has three rhyming books for toddlers,What I like about birds, Boomers andWhere’s Henry?
She has two volumes of poetry. Locals and Legends is a collection of humorous bush poetry, while Breakfast with Friends is a collection of free verse featuring Australian birds, animals and landscapes.
She has won several writing competitions, including the Association of Writers @ Work Golden Pen Award three times. Some of her work has been included in anthologies, including Battered but not Beaten – the story of the Lockyer Valley floods of 2010, Words from Toowoomba by Toowoomba Wordsmiths and Tales from our Verandah by FAWQ.
After two years preparation and a leap of faith, Terese published her first children’s picture book, Wot-si-u and the Whispering Wattles. Both the book and the original artwork, which is on exhibition at the Cobb and Co Museum, Toowoomba, QLD, have proven to be very popular with all ages.
Becoming an artist has been Terese’s life-long passion, and writing has been her companion while travelling abroad, studying at university and raising her four children. Now, encouraged by her husband, family and friends, Terese has been able to combine both in her new venture as author and artist.
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Kathy Stewart has worked as an editor and manuscript appraiser since 2004. Many of the books she has worked on are on sale online and in bookstores. She was born in South Africa, and she and her husband now live on the Gold Coast, Australia. She has published a number of books as well as numerous articles and short stories in different magazines and anthologies. Her manuscripts, The Chameleon Factor and Race Against Time, were shortlisted and longlisted respectively for the 2010 Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award in the UK.
Maria Cruickshank worked with the United Nations and other international organizations for more than 20 years. Because of her U.N. peacekeeping assignments, she lived in countries in conflict, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sierra Leone. She speaks English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. She grew up in turbulent Guatemala, and some of her earliest memories involve visiting her father in a high-risk prison in her home country. Throughout her life, her work has taken her to Austria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Greece, India, and the killing fields of Cambodia. She has witnessed magical experiences and lived in environments that were by turns magnificent, turbulent, colorful, and delightful.
Jane is a Librarian and Archivist at Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba. She grew up in Brisbane and practised as a physiotherapist in country NSW before moving back to QLD and retraining as a librarian. She wrote her first book, The story of the swamp: a children’s history of Toowoomba, in 2008. During the course of that project she discovered a love of historical research and writing non-fiction for children. This led her to write the ‘Australian Bushranger’ series which was published in 2014 by Big Sky Publishing.
She enjoys historical research because it’s like solving a mystery. She plans to write more non-fiction books but at the moment she is writing for adults so that she can include more depth and detail. She enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to live music, singing in a community choir and spending time with her family. You can see her website at: www.janesmithauthor.com
Michelle Worthington is an internationally published, award winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. She hopes to be an ambassador for literacy in children all over the world and foster a life long love of reading. Her picture book Yellow Dress Day was recently featured on Play School and she has won the International Book Award for best Hardcover Children’s Picture Book two years in a row. She is passionate about promoting Aussie Authors.
Elizabeth Lowrie was born in Leeton, NSW. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology/Ecology. She is a retired career public servant who has held senior executive positions in both the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments in Education, Disability Services, Financial Services, Health, and the Foreign Service. She is an ex diplomat.
Elizabeth is retired, an author and living in Hervey Bay, Qld. Her first book Committed Undone was published on 6th April 2015.Elizabeth is also an accomplished dream interpreter and has written a dream encyclopaedia, due for publication in 2016.
Jennifer is a Sydney, Australia-based communication professional and blogger. In 2008 she founded Epiphany Communication and launched a blog which, to date, includes posts on My Friend the Headache; a travelogue on the Drawn to India art tour of Rajasthan and the Big Breast Adventure, a series of posts on her recent diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Jen’s first book Vegetarian Vampires and What We Can Learn From Them also started off as a series of blogposts on Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. In 2014, Jen founded For Pity Sake Publishing, a new type of publishing company that’s helping to recast how things are done in the industry by putting writers and readers first.
Sally Breen is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, her short form work has appeared in many national and international journals and papers including Review of Australian Fiction, Best Australian Stories, the Age, the Australian and Griffith Review.
In 2010 she won the Varuna Harper Collins manuscript prize for her memoir THE CASUALS released in 2011
THE CASUALS is the story of the life and times of one young woman’s journey through the last two decades of the 20th century; from her pop-fuelled adolescence in the 1980s to a full-blown grunge ride in the 1990s, Sally Breen is the girl your mother warned you about. A charged and heady exploration of sex, drugs and pop culture, it is also a meditation on loss, death and grief as the author struggles to reconcile her place in a chaotic world. Sally Breen gives voice to her generation; those somehow smashed in between all the Xers and Ys – maybe lost, maybe beat, but most of all casual.
Alicia Hope lives in far north Queensland with her author husband, Frank H Jordan, and their two birds (her feathered muses).
Alicia has published 4 novels, 1 novella, and 2 short stories, and is currently working on a series of 5 books. She writes contemporary, historical, and romantic fiction, stories with credible characters in realistic situations and (mostly) Aussie settings. Her most recent release, Sisters of War, is a tale of love, betrayal and courage in wartime Austria, inspired by her mother-in-law’s real life experiences.
Hers are feel-good books that readers of any age can curl up with on a rainy afternoon (or any time!) and enjoy.
Yvonne Winer is the author of 33 books, which include picture books, junior novels, ‘Spiders spin Webs’ series, books for reading schemes, a song book, action rhymes, craft books and several teacher resource books. She is at present co-author of a teacher resource book of Traditional Tales and has also been contracted by that same publisher to retell several tales for their reading scheme for eBooks and electronic whiteboards. She was the workshop presenter for an interesting ‘shell book’ project in Vanuatu and this resulted in 46 stories all of which have now been printed in Bislama and illustrated by local illustrators for young Vanuatu readers. Her publishers include Margaret Hamilton Books, Scholastic, Charlesbridge, Pademelon Press, Era publications, Nelson, Longman and Angus and Robertson.
Sharon Gartner is a Queensland Author of Chick Lit she has written and published four novels as well as a variety of short stories.
Sharon started her first novel back in 2011 after moving to rural Queensland from New Zealand with her two children. She began writing to fill the void of homesickness she experienced in her first year in another country.
Sharon published her first novel; “This Charming Shack” back in 2011 after an idea that was inspired by a grand old rundown character home she resided in back in her youth. The colourful characters that evolved from her writings soon turned the storyline into a mixture of suspense and humour. As the characters grew so did the story, this produced the next book “This Charming Angel” in 2012 and the third in the series “This Charming Guest” in 2014.and her latest Stand alone novel “Bare Feet”
Sharon describes her books as a fun filled feel good refreshing read.