Mary-Rose MacColl 

Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, short stories, feature journalism and essays. She grew up in Brisbane, Australia, with three brothers. Both her parents were journalists.  Mary-Rose worked as a journalist, nursing assistant, computer operator and corporate writer while studying towards degrees in journalism and creative writing. Currently she lives in Brisbane with her husband and son, spending as much time as she can in the mountains of Banff, Canada.  Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the Australian Vogel Literary Award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a Finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism and in the Queensland Premier's Awards for Non-Fiction and for Science Writing. Her fourth novel In Falling Snow was published internationally.  Swimming Home (October 2015) tells the story of the extraordinary women who pioneered women's swimming in the 1920s in Australia, England and the United States. 

 Nick Earls

Nick Earls is the author of twenty-six books for adults, teenagers and children. His novels have won awards in Australia and the UK, and appeared on bestseller lists in both those countries and the Amazon Kindle Store. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin, into feature films. His most recent work is the novella series Wisdom Tree, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’.

Angela Slatter

Angela Slatter is an award-winning writer based in Brisbane, Australia. Primarily working in the field of speculative fiction, she has focused on short stories since deciding to pursue writing in 2005, when she undertook a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. 

Angela Slatter's short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in Australia and internationally. Her work has been listed for Honourable Mention by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link; and she has been nominated three times for the Aurealis Award for best fantasy short story. Along with the Aurealis Awards, Slatter has been nominated for the Ditmar Award on two occasions: as Best New Talent in 2008, and for Best Short Story in 2010.

In 2010, Slatter published two short story collections: Sourdough & Other Stories with Tartarus Press (UK) which received a Starred Review at Publishers Weekly, and The Girl with No Hands & Other Tales (Ticonderoga Publications).She is currently working on a "duopoly" consisting of the novels Well of Souls and Gate of the Dead.


Nigel Munro-Wallis

Nigel has been involved in theatre for over twenty five years, as a Writer, Director, Performer and Critic. He has written over twenty successful plays and his plays have been seen across Australia and as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany.  Nigel was Artistic Director of Kegworth Youth Theatre in the United Kingdom, and also worked as Youth Arts and Education Officer for East Midlands Arts (United Kingdom).  Nigel was the Theatre Reviewer on 612 ABC Brisbane and ABC On-Line for twelve years. His play The Dressing Chair, serialised by ABC Local Radio throughout Queensland, was followed by two successful regional tours. Nigel was the Writer, Director and Producer of the highly successful comedy series Sunny Bay Heights which aired for two seasons on ABC Radio.

Nigel has also been Program Director of Wired Radio, a broadcast venture of Australian Catholic University with student radio stations in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Ballarat. He has also worked as sessional lecturer and tutor for Australian Catholic University.  As a playwright his recent plays include Darcy and Eliza, Northanger Abbey, A Picture of Dorian Gray, Black Swan, The Dressing Chair, The Landscape of Men, Sleeping Birds Lie, all of which have had highly successful productions. He is the founder and Artsitic Director of SMART People, an independent theatre company based in Brisbane.  Currently, Nigel divides his time between his work in education and his writing career. His Current projects include a stage adaptation of George Eliot's novel Adam Bede and Wilkie Collins' novel The Woman in White;  an original play based in the Australian art world entitiled My Lady Nicotine; as well as an original play based upon The Canterbury Tales; and the completion on his debut novel The Kelly Green.


Amy Andrews

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances for multiple publishers in both the traditional and digital markets. She has sold almost two million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including Manga.  Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, Amy and her fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary opened their own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, specialising in genre fiction.  Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel - preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. 

Angela Sunde

Children’s author and illustrator, Angela Sunde writes novels, picture books and short stories. She is the author of the light-hearted fantasy novels, Snap Magic and Pond Magic (an Aussie Chomp - Penguin Australia), and illustrator/co-author of the children's novel, The Coral Sea Monster. Formerly an award-winning language and literacy teacher, Angela now combines judging and mentoring writing competitions with delivering engaging presentations and inspiring workshops at schools, libraries, festivals and writers’ groups.. 

Det. Sgt. Tracey Pelling

Detective Sergeant Tracey Pelling has been in the Queensland Police Service for 18 years. Since February 2015 she has been leading the Greyhound Racing Inquiry Task Force now rebadged as the Queensland Racing Crime Squad investigating serious animal cruelty, race fixing and other organised crime in the Racing industry across all three codes. In her spare time she does some stand up comedy. And her talk...Crime - anecdotes and the common mistakes authors make in their novels. Plots, technicals and other fun things.


Andy McDermot

Andrew McDermott (Andy), Publicious CEO created, a company designed to help self-published authors like himself.  He won the Gold, Silver and Bronze Publishing Award for Independent Publisher Book Awards for 2013 and now has 288 books in his store of many genres. Publicious works with authors worldwide.  Andy's main aim was to create the kind of company he wished had been around when he was starting out and one that would give the many unscrupulous publishing providers that populate the internet a run for their money.  Andy published his first novel The Tiger Chase in 2002 with an American publisher. He launched the book in San Diego and followed up with a book tour of the US, including the LA China Town and Las Vegas. On his return to Australia, he became disillusioned with the publishing industry. After being locked into an unproductive contract, earning a tiny percentage of royalties for all his hard work, and not owning any of his rights, he decided to follow the self-publishing route.

 From 2005 - 2007 he was the President of The Gold Coast Writers' Association (of which he is now an honorary lifetime member) and worked closely with like-minded authors, assisting them with their manuscripts and publishing needs.  In 2010, to mark the year of the tiger, he launched the revised self-published edition of The Tiger Chase as a paperback and an ebook, and donated all his royalties to the Save China's Tigers Foundation. In 2011 he launched his first, and last, children's book The Last Tiger, in paperback, hardback and ebook.

Alex Adsett


Alex Adsett is a literary agent specialising in genre fiction, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.  She has more than eighteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards.  As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and childrens, including romance, science fiction, fantasy, crime and mystery, picture books and narrative non-fiction. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Maria Lewis, Gary Kemble, Nicholas J Johnson, Alan Baxter, and Kylie Chan. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her 

Kerry McDuling


Since 2007, Kerry  has been working as a freelance public relations consultant, under her own business McDuling PR (prior to going out alone, she has worked as the National Communications Manager for an international franchise group, as well as published and edited magazines).  She has consulted to a varied mix of corporate organisations, franchises, small businesses and start-ups, in industries as diverse as real estate and recruitment, to health and sporting associations.  She has at times also contracted her services in the past to other high pr and marketing agencies. Her passion however relies on book publicity and she has consulted her editing and publicity services to high profile professional editor and book publicity consultant to publishers, including Publicious and Steve Parish Publicity.

Kerry is also a published author of four non-fiction titles, receiving her first author contract to create a series of three educational books for high school students. At the time of publishing, Kerry was just 22 years old. Even before that, she was illustrating her own "book" (usually about fairies or rabbit families), and her parents were instructed very specifically what the text should read.



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