Patricia Wolf has been a journalist for more than 15 years, a regular contributor to titles including The Guardian, the Financial Times, The Independent and The Telegraph, among others. She grew up in outback Australia, in a mining town called Mount Isa in far north-west Queensland – eagle eyed readers will have spotted a small reference to it in her first book, OUTBACK. Patricia loves the rugged beauty, indigo sky and wide horizons of the outback, but left Australia after university to travel the world and became a journalist. She lives in Berlin, Germany, but the outback always calls her home. In 2019, just before the covid pandemic locked us all in, Patricia spent two months in northwest Queensland, taking a four-week road trip. As she drove and spent nights and days surrounded by the beauty and rugged harshness of the outback, DI Lucas Walker and his stories came to be.
We took a couple of weeks off over Christmas / New Year and spent the time driving around in the new car (working out how to drive it / charge it / where the cup holders are - all that sort of stuff), and managed a couple of days of long meanders with the dogs when it wasn't hot enough to melt concrete. Also did some reading - some of which was catchup / some f2f bookclub and some, just because. All of them are marked as review to come as it'll take me a little while to tick off the general admin / email backlog / what was I doing before the break work stuff.
Louise Wolhuter grew up in northern England, moved to Queensland, before settling in Perth to raise a family. She currently works as an Education Assistant in a primary school, which leaves her early mornings, weekends and school holidays to write.
Petronella McGovern's books have been described as domestic noir and psychological suspense. With strong characters and gripping storylines, her novels will keep you reading - and guessing - late into the night. Petronella grew up on in a large family on a farm in the Central West region of New South Wales. After travelling and working in Canberra for a number of years, she now lives on Sydney's northern beaches with her husband and their two teenagers.
Lily Malone is a journalist and freelance writer who discovered after years of writing facts for a living, writing romance was much more fun.
Born and raised in the UK, Allie moved to Queensland Australia in 2004. She lives by the beach with her two young boys.
Kevin Price is a writer who lives in hills north of Perth, Western Australia. He holds a PhD in English and Creative Arts from Murdoch University.
Susan Rogers already knew she was a writer at age six, but as an adult she took a major detour in becoming a commissioned naval officer. She has conducted sting operations, run extensive weapons training programs and directed the restoration of a Presidential yacht. In between, she has written several books, run health and safety operations for multi-billion-dollar projects in Abu Dhabi and revamped a South Pacific maritime service. Susan continues to write: whether braced against the hull of a sailing vessel on a hard tack, during a crossing of the Middle East’s empty quarter in a Mini, or bouncing around in a troop carrier in Australia’s outback.
John Roosen started his career as a biologist, served as a naval officer and environmental emergency specialist in the United States, and has lived and worked in Australasia, Antarctica and the Middle East. At a moment’s notice, he would respond to chemical and refinery plant explosions, deal with rocket fuel plant meltdowns and dismantle illegal drug labs. As a changeup, John switched careers to chasing pirates and duelling with a con artist extraordinaire on a remote South Pacific island. In between, he organised jungle expeditions and deep-sea scuba diving. However, John’s experience extends beyond responding to cataclysmic disasters and includes mastering the intricacies of making soufflé omelettes without burning the edges.
Patrick Lyons grew up in a house full of crime; literally. Almost every room had a crime novel lying around, spread-eagled, face down, his mother’s way of bookmarking. Christie in the bedroom, Rendell in the kitchen and Chandler in the lounge. It was only a matter of time before he picked these books up himself.
Writing about his experience as an Anglo-Indian growing up in Australia during the 1970s and 1980s is a good way for Patrick to explore broader concepts of exclusiveness, racism, identity, and duality. These notions subtly pepper his work, bringing grit to his characters. The often-hilarious cultural clashes he witnessed provide plenty of scope for humour, and an opportunity to reflect on the universal desire to belong.
Jai Baidell is an Australian writer and independent publisher. She is a lifelong believer in escaping reality through reading. Action, adventure, thrillers, espionage, family dramas, mysteries, science fiction, crime, and romance, Jai loves them all.
Jai lives in country Australia and sets her stories in country towns and regional cities.
Rae Cairns is a former youth worker, actor and singer who has turned to a life of crime…writing. She is fascinated with how ordinary people manage when faced with extraordinary circumstances so she writes crime with heart; thriller and suspense novels that explore the lengths everyday characters will go to when all they love is put at risk.
Sally Bothroyd lives in Darwin with her partner and daughter. She's currently the director of the Northern Territory Writers' Centre, but before that worked for many years as a journalist - both in broadcast and in print.
Sally grew up in Victoria and lived in Melbourne in the 1990s. She returned there for a period in the 2000s to study filmmaking at the Victoria College of the Arts.
Jane Caro wears many hats; including author, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award-winning advertising writer.
Michael Trant is a WA country boy just beginning his new life as an author, following a wide range of careers from marine draftsman to farmer, and pastoralist to FIFO pot-washer. Michael is now based in Perth, having grown up on the family farm at Eneabba, before moving to Geraldton then out to Yalgoo.
Chris was born in Eastbourne in the UK to a British mother and New Zealander father. He moved to New Zealand with his family at age two where he spent over six years growing up in Auckland. It was during this time that Chris’ love for reading and writing began, spending his early years penning hundreds of short stories his mother still has tucked away.
Upon returning to the UK, Chris lived in a small town in Sussex. These years went on to inspire many of the themes in his novels, such as coming of age, small-town homophobia and isolation. Chris moved to Hampshire at age nineteen to study journalism at university.
Upon graduating, Chris moved to London and began a career in copywriting. In 2011, he published his debut book of poetry through his co-founded publishing company, PRNTD.
Chris relocated to Australia in 2014 and released his LGBTQ+ coming-of-age novel The Nowhere in 2019. His New Zealand mystery novel Boy Fallen is coming out 22 March 2022.
Chris lives in Sydney with his husband.
L.E. Luttrell was born in Sydney, Australia and spent the first twenty-one years of her life there before moving to the UK. After working in publishing (in the UK) for a few years she went on to study and trained as a teacher. Since the nineties, she spent many years working in secondary education, although she’s also had numerous other part-time jobs. A frustrated architect/builder, L.E. Luttrell has spent much of her adult life moving house and wielding various tools while renovating properties.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Russel Hutchings is a former SAS Warrant Officer with over 20 years’ service in the Regiment.
Russel has operated in many of the world’s troubled areas and most recently performed the role as a military adviser and provided other information collection services to a US-based company operating in Afghanistan.
He draws on decades of experience in the SAS and within the intelligence collection sphere to write the MANTRA-6 series with the utmost of authenticity and credibility. Russel is now retired and concentrating on a writing career in the genre of Thriller, SAS and fast-paced Espionage novels.
Caroline Graham has worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer, and now teaches journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Kylie Stevenson has 17 years' experience as a journalist, her work appearing in newspapers, magazines and websites all over the country.
Sally Scott wrote her first novel as an 11-year-old. It was a Famous Five pastiche and every word was precious. She kept writing cosies until an arts degree led to experimentation with short stories, none of them publishable, but joyous to write. Then 'adulting' happened and creative writing gave way to a career in academia, jobs as a weapons systems contractor and her own business development consultancy. Fromage is the first novel in the Alex Grant series. Sally is currently working on the second book, Oranges and Lemons.
Gabriel Bergmoser is a Melbourne based author and playwright.
Jess Kitching is an avid reader, writer and binge-watcher. Originally from Bradford, England, she currently lives in Sydney with her fiancé Jack. Her two goals in life were to move to Australia and have a book published. To be able to say she has done both is something she still can’t wrap her head around.
Kyle Perry is a counsellor who has worked extensively in high schools, youth shelters and drug rehabs. In his work he encounters stories and journeys that would fill a hundred books. Kyle’s mother grew up in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers, in Tasmania’s heartland, where his grandfather was called on for search and rescues in the mountains. Kyle himself has been lost in Tasmanian mountains twice, and once used ripped pages of a journal stuck on branches to find his way back out. He has also seen strange things in the bush that defy explanation and are best not spoken about. Kyle divides his time between his small country hometown in Tasmania’s North West and Hobart.
Karen Herbert spent her childhood in Geraldton on the midwest coast of Australia, attending local schools before moving to Perth to study at the University of Western Australia where she attained a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Psychology. Karen has worked in aged care, disability services, higher education, Indigenous land management, social housing and the public sector, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Board Member of The Intelife Group, a Board Observer at Advocare, and President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). Karen lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, Ross, and the occasional fledgling.
Lisa Ellery was born in 1975 and raised on a farm near Esperance on Western Australia's south coast. She studied law and arts at the University of Western Australia before returning to regional WA in 1998 to commence her career as a lawyer in the goldmining city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She soon fell in love with Kal and its people, and in 2008 she started her own law firm there. She works predominantly in commercial and mining law and employs a dozen staff in her busy Hannan Street practice. Lisa is married to Simon Ellery, a geologist. She divides her time between running her law firm, running in the Goldfields bush and writing.
Peter Papathanasiou is the son of migrants and grandson of refugees. His parents emigrated from Greece to Australia. A research geneticist, he has worked in the US, UK and Australia. His passion, however, is writing, and he has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from The University of London.
Dr Michael Levitt MB BS (UWA), FRACS trained as a surgeon in Western Australia before pursuing subspecialty training in colorectal surgery at London’s St Mark’s and Royal Free hospitals. Since 1990 he has worked in WA as a specialist colorectal surgeon.
Michael Burge is an Australian author, artist and journalist who lives at Deepwater in the New England region of NSW with his husband and their dogs.
Eddie Russell has a degree in English literature and Masters in Creative writing. Born and raised in the then English colony of East Africa to English parents, he immigrated to Australia to complete his schooling before moving to San Diego to work in technology. He is now settled back in Australia with his life partner and following his passion to write.
Garry Linnell is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. Born and raised in Geelong, he has won several awards for his writing, including a Walkley for best feature writing.
After nearly forty years of working as a teacher-librarian and Head of Library, Laraine Stephens decided to experience life on the other side of the bookshelves and became a writer of historical crime fiction.
Iconic Australian actor Bryan Brown became an international success in the early eighties with critical acclaim from performances in Breaker Morant and the TV series A Town Like Alice.
Ruth McIver recently completed her PhD in the field of true crime inspired fiction with Curtin University. Her first novel, Nothing Gold, was runner up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven novels selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). Ruth's novel-in-verse, The Sunset Club (2014), is a DIY publication that was highly commended in the Anne Elder category by the FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). I Shot the Devil won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.
Margaret Hickey is an award-winning author and playwright from North East Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and is deeply interested in rural lives and communities.
Jake Avila is a full-time writer with a BA in Writing and Information Technology. He has a background in freelance journalism writing on politics, culture, technology and sport, and taught secondary English for 10 years.
Alan Leek joined the NSW police force as a cadet in 1965. As a detective, he rose through the ranks to command positions in some of the most challenging areas in the State, including the tough Blacktown and Cabramatta patrols, the latter then the centre of heroin trafficking in Australia.
John Byron grew up in Sydney where he went to medical school for a time before leaving in the interest of public safety. He has worked as a barman, a factory hand, a help desk operator and a federal political adviser. He now lives in Melbourne and works in the university sector.
Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of European and Goorie heritage. She received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University in 1990.
Richard Evans was born in Williamstown, in Australia. His eclectic career included service as a national industry leader, corporate senior executive, business owner, semi pro-footballer, actor, and media commentator. He was elected to the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia during unprecedented times in the 1990s, giving his books added authenticity. There's a political story everywhere. As a political insider, Richard recognises the tribalism, the warped egos, the ruthless power, and the lonely insecure life of a politician, therefore writing thrilling character-driven stories about this exotic, mysterious world. He is presently writing three series. The Democracy Trilogy provides insight into the ruthless nature of politics and the politicians doing whatever it takes to get what they want. The Referendum Series examines the social dilemmas within a community with the government seeking to hear from the population via referendum. Contemporary issues are examined, such as First Nation rights in Forgotten People, euthanasia in Kill Bill, and water rights in The Mallee. Jack Hudson MP is a 10 book series beginning with Horrible People and follows the power struggles and personal challenges of a novice member of parliament's career seeking to reach the ultimate leadership role of Prime Minister. Richard lives above a pub, opposite a church with his wife in the small bayside village of Williamstown, overlooking Melbourne, Australia.
MATT NABLE is a novelist, scriptwriter and actor. He wrote and starred in The Final Winter (2007), an independent Australian film that has been released internationally, and is currently appearing in cinemas in The Dry alongside Eric Bana. He has appeared on-screen alongside Vin Diesel, Clive Owen, Guy Pearce and Robert De Niro. With his wife and three children, Matt divides his time between Sydney and Los Angeles.
Nicola West is the daughter of a third-generation police officer and grew up in a bucolic coastal town in New South Wales. After moving to Sydney to pursue a career in journalism, she vowed to be as far removed from both her hometown and her father’s profession as possible—that is until she found herself writing a novel about both topics.
Lyn Yeowart is a professional writer and editor with more than 25 years of experience in writing and editing everything from captions for artworks to speeches for executives.
I am from Perth, Western Australia, and now live in Germany with my family.
After growing up on a farm near Orroroo in South Australia, Fleur McDonald’s first job was jillarooing in the outback. She has been involved in agriculture all her life, including helping manage a 8000-acre station for twenty years. Today she and her two children, along with a Jack Russell and her energetic kelpie, Jack, live in Esperance, Western Australia,
Debra Oswald is a Sydney-based playwright and author. She began writing as a teenager and sold her first radioplay at 17. Since then, she’s made her living as a writer for film, television, stage, and radio, as well as publishing a number of novels for children.
Polly is originally from South West London but after visiting Australia in 2011, she fell head over heels for the lifestyle, even though she doesn’t drink coffee and rarely goes to the beach! Polly currently lives in Perth with her husband, daughter and much-loved dog.
Harry Colfer is the pseudonym of an experienced paramedic who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. Although his stories are totally fictional, his writing style is very realistic and he maintains a healthy level of paranoia with respect to his anonymity. He would love to tell you more about himself, and some day will, but at the moment he considers that revealing his true identity could be a career-limiting move.
To date he has published twenty short stories in the Ambo Tales From the Frontline series and plans to write another twelve, one for each of the thirty-two AMPDS codes, the system used worldwide to categorise emergency calls.
Seth Robinson is an American-Australian author based in Melbourne. He was born in Seattle in 1991, the same year as Nirvana released Nevermind, and now that he lives in Melbourne, has traded in one rainy city for another. While he and his family left the US when he was four years old, Seth retains his American twang and love of pine trees, something that contributed to the setting of his debut novel, Welcome to Bellevue.
Alexander Thorpe is from Fremantle, Western Australia. He has written advertising copy for pool cleaners and concrete supply companies, taught English in Joseph Stalin’s hometown and almost managed to read half of James Joyce’s Ulysses twice (which is more or less the same as having almost managed to read the whole book). Alex has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies and educational providers, and has recently completed his first novel, Death Leaves the Station.
Phillipa grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting.
Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time.
Dr Natasha Molt is a criminal policy lawyer and thriller writer. She is currently the Director of Policy at the Law Council of Australia, specialising in Criminal and National Security Law. Prior to this she worked as a legal officer for the Australian Government. She has published crime fiction reviews for The Canberra Times and her short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Annual Scarlet Stiletto Award. In 2007 she was awarded a Varuna Longlines Mentorship for her first unpublished thriller manuscript. Recently, Natasha completed her PhD in creative writing, which forms the basis of her debut novel, Cutting the Cord.
A blood feud.
The birth of the Italian mafia in Australia.
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Katherine Firkin is a Melbourne journalist, currently with CBS New York.
She has over a decade of experience and has worked across every medium – print, online, television and radio.
Katherine began her career at the Herald Sun newspaper (News Corp), where she specialised in sports reporting (winning an AFL Media award in 2008), before moving to breaking news, including crime and court reporting. During this time, she covered some of Victoria’s most notorious criminal affairs, including the death and funeral of underworld figure Carl Williams.
She has also worked for Seven West Media (7 News, 7 Sport), 3AW Radio, the Nine Network's Today show, and Network Ten, and has been a regular international correspondent for multiple global outlets.
Katherine has been writing fiction from a young age, and she studied literature and journalism at university. Her debut novel is inspired by the many criminal trials she has covered.
ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing. She was shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize (2017) and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition (2018).
Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty’s journalism and photography specialising in lifestyle and travel regularly appear in magazines, newspapers and online.
Dr Annette Marner is an award-winning poet, novelist, fine art nature photographer and ABC radio broadcaster from South Australia's Southern Flinders Ranges. In 2018, she won the Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for A New Name for the Colour Blue. Her first book, Women with Their Faces on Fire, won the Unpublished Manuscript Award for Poetry for Friendly Street/Wakefield Press and was on the reading list at Flinders University.
Since launching her fine art nature photography in 2017, Annette has exhibited her work in galleries including solo exhibitions and had her images published internationally. Annette is an Associate Member of the Royal South Australian Society for Arts (qualifying in 2019 for her photography) and has a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University.
Carmel Reilly writes for children and adults. She has worked as an educational writer for almost two decades and is the author of more than 300 titles of fiction and non-fiction for children and young teens. In 2011 she won the Partners in Crime Short Story award and in 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residental Fellowship to develop her first novel, Life Before. Born in New Zealand, she now lives in Melbourne, Australia.
S.J. Morgan has been writing for many years and, in addition to short stories and articles, has written several novels.
She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life overseas. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, she lived in New Zealand for ten years before settling in South Australia. She has won prizes for short fiction and was awarded a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors for her children’s writing.
S.J. Morgan currently lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, her daughters and two slovenly greyhounds.
Julian Leatherdale’s first love was the theatre. On graduation from a theatre studies degree at the University of NSW, he wrote lyrics for four satirical cabarets and a two-act musical. He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Life’s Australians At War series. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force shown on the ABC and overseas. He was an image researcher at the State Library of NSW before joining the NSW Cabinet Office writing policy briefs for the Premier. For some years he was the public relations manager for an international hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.
Stephen Kinnane is a Marda Marda from Mirriwoong country in the East Kimberley. He has been an active writer and researcher for more than 25 years as well as lecturing and working on community cultural heritage, curatorial and development projects. Kinnane co-wrote and produced The Coolbaroo Club(1996), an ABC TV documentary awarded the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for the Arts, and collaborated with Lauren Marsh and Alice Nannup on When the Pelican Laughed (1992), the story of Mrs Alice Nannup (Fremantle Press).
Karina Kilmore is an author, finance writer, mum and lifesaving volunteer. Where The Truth Lies, her fiction debut, will go on sale in March 2020. Where The Truth Lies is a fast-paced suspense story set against the gritty backdrop of Melbourne's inner-city streets and industrial waterfront.
Some of my first short stories were crime fiction, and although in the last 20 years I have focused a lot more on writing children's and YA books, I've kept going with my crime writing. The first two novels are now stowed somewhere in the back of my filing cabinet!
But "Trust Me, I'm Dead", first draft written in 2009, is to be published by Verve Books in the UK. What a journey with that novel. I love the character, a grumpy woman (secretly modelled on a young Judi Dench), and couldn't let go of the story. Nine drafts later ...
Janet Roger was apprehended for the first time at age three, on the lam from a strange new part of town. The desk sergeant looked stern, but found her a candy bar in his pocket anyway. Big mistake. He should have taken away her shoelaces. She's been on the run ever since.
British-born investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards while working on domestic and international assignments for the Daily Mail in London. In 2006 she moved to Sydney as Associate Editor of Marie Claire where she focused on long form investigative journalism. She went on to work as a senior writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne where she became the first reporter in the world to uncover a secret police investigation into Cardinal George Pell regarding child sexual abuse allegations. The author covered the subsequent legal case for The New Daily and CNN.
Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a hero in many people's eyes. A police officer with 36 years' service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church. He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.
Cover reveal time, with the announcement from newly formed Corella Press (https://www.austlit.edu.au/corellapress) of their upcoming initial releases: BRIDGET'S LOCKET AND OTHER MYSTERIES by Waif Wander (aka Mary Fortune) and THE MILLWOOD MYSTERY by Jeannie Lockett.
These beautiful covers were created by Kathleen Jennings (https://www.kathleenjennings.com/) whose paper cut silhouettes are amazing.
Corella Press state on their website:
Born Jane Beattie (NSW birth registration #702/1847 V1847702 550). She married Thomas Lockett in 1868 (#3527/1868). She possibly worked in Narrandera as a primary school teacher, 1880-circa 1888. She died in Sydney in 1890 (NSW death registration #1669/1890).
Jason Foster is an author, poet, journalist and History teacher at Jamison High School in Sydney’s western suburbs. He holds a Masters Degree in History and is currently studying a Diploma in Languages (Spanish). He has taught in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina. He has been published in American History magazines, Australian travel magazines and poetry anthologies in the United Kingdom. Seven Bones is his first major true crime novel.
The Mentone Public Library are showcasing local crime fiction author Alison Knight.
Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Venue: Mentone Public Library
Address: Rear, 36 Florence Street, Mentone VIC 3194
Entry: Gold coin (for tea, coffee, biscuits)
Alison will be discussing her three crime novels:
1) Peter Stone
2) The Close
3) The Undiscovered Room and Other Stories
Sarah cast off the lines to her law career not long after being awarded Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2016. She now lives with her husband aboard a 43-foot sailing catamaran, exploring this most magnificent blue planet and chasing an endless summer. She took up writing novels as a way to liberate her imagination after twenty years in the structured confines of legal and corporate life. Her debut novel, Lapse, is the first of a series featuring former corporate lawyer Clementine Jones.
Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at a Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, writing and reading.
Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid.
Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for almost 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV News Editor for ABC News and the Executive Producer of ABC News Breakfast.
Paul Howarth was born and grew up in Great Britain before moving to Melbourne in his late twenties. He lived in Australia for more than six years, gained dual citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich, United Kingdom, with his family.
In 2015, he received a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing program, the most prestigious course of its kind in the UK, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.
Gregory James is a former detective who – while waiting for his real life to begin (cue: Colin Hay) – took up writing to turn real life stories and concepts into fiction.
Jake Lynch is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, and the author of seven books and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Over 20 years, he has pioneered both research and practice in the field of Peace Journalism, for which he was recognised with the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, awarded by the Schengen Peace Foundation.
Jay is an Australian author, and creator of Dan Porter in the original crime thriller, BIG WHITE LIES. He's a keen traveller, amateur photographer, and a bit of a sports tragic. He believes in writing what you know...
I'm actually half way through this extremely promising piece of writing.
From the Blurb:
Jessica James had the perfect life. She had a good job, supportive friends, and her husband Geoff and her son Jack both adored her. Everything changed the moment she found out she was having another child.
I grew up in suburban Sydney, on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean. Armed with an Arts degree and eager for exotic adventure, I signed on to teach in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for two years. The Papuan children in my first primary class won my heart and that fabulous land became an absorbing interest.
Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She writes on feminism, pop culture and social issues.
Karen Viggers was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories. She studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, and then worked in mixed animal practice for seven years before completing a PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, in wildlife health from which she published numerous scientific papers.
Kirsty Ferguson is a crime and mystery writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been writing stories ever since a life-changing brush with Stephen King’s Cujo. When she’s not writing about unspeakable things, reading or cooking, she can be found spending time with her son, teaching him about the joys of reading and writing.
J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.
Michael McGuire has worked as a journalist in Sydney and Adelaide for The Australian, The Sunday Mail and The Advertiser, with a couple of forays into the state and federal politics as an advisor.
Second in the Rory James series from Bendigo based author Colin King.
From the Blurb:
When a Melbourne couple in witness protection are found assassinated in their bed, zoology student Josh Marshall recognises the address. He quickly realises he had inadvertently been an unseen witness to a bent cop divulging the couple's location to the hitman ... and he has the hard evidence to prove it.
I'm very behind with posting things - got some major website work under way so I'm behind, I'm disorganised and I'm very distracted at the moment. I finished this book night before last - coming out later in November from Echo Publishing, but more on that when the review is posted.
From the Blurb:
An atmospheric crime novel with a burning moral dilemma at its heart.
Started this one last night and what with the heat and never-ending dry it feels like home... ;)
From the Blurb:
For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep.
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Started reading the third Georgie Harvey / John Franklin novel by Sandi Wallace last week ... this time set in the Dandenong Ranges, which was a bit of a blast from past - rain / storms / fog / trees down / cold. Vaguely remember how all of that worked.
From the Blurb:
How could police lose three children?
Three missing children.
A wild storm.
A long way from home.
Melbourne journalist Georgie Harvey is on hand when three children disappear from a police-run camp in the Dandenong Ranges.
Cato Kwong is back in the much anticipated fourth novel in the series, and I'm blissfully happy about that.
From the Blurb:
Holly Throsby is a songwriters, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for four ARIAs.
Terry Smyth is an award-winning journalist, playwright, scriptwriter and songwriter. The youngest son of Irish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Hunter Valley, and is now based in Sydney. He has, in his time, worked as a builder's labourer, steel worker, cotton mill hand, psychiatric nurse, professional musician, actor and advertising copywriter.
Lawrence is an ex soldier who also spent a number of years in the Middle East working with an Evangelical Christian relief and development organization. This gives me a unique perspective on things that I believe are reflected in my writing. An ability to 'look behind' what's happening and give a unique perspective reflected in the stories I write.
Karen Zelas lives in quake-struck Christchurch. A former psychiatrist and psychotherapist, she returned to university, taking creative writing papers at Canterbury University in preparation for giving up her day job.
Shankari Chandran is a dystopic thriller writer and a lawyer. Shankari worked in the social justice field for a decade in London. She was responsible for projects in over 30 countries ranging from ensuring representation for detainees in Guantanamo Bay to training lawyers in Rwanda to advising UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Her work helped her understand the role and limitations of international humanitarian law in conflicts. It also showed her what happens to society when governments subvert civil liberties. These issues form major themes in her writing.
Connell Nisbet is a Sydney-based novelist with more than 15 years’ experience as a writer and copy editor on some of Australia’s most respected magazines. A Willing Executioner is his first novel. His second novel, The Ember Room, will be available in late 2018.
Maryrose Cuskelly is a freelance writer and editor.
Robert Jeffreys has worked as an actor, teacher, builder, labourer, cleaner, real estate agent, personal security agent and playwright of the professionally produced stage plays Cox Four, Covert, The Simple Truth and The Messenger. ABC Radio National featured his radio plays Covert, which received an AWGIE award, and Bodily Harm. He has also published a poetry anthology, Frame of Mind.
Ashley Kalagian Blunt has written for Griffith Review, McSweeney’s and Right Now. Her travel memoir, The Pomegranate’s Daughter, was awarded a 2015 Varuna Publisher Introduction Fellowship. She teaches writing and public speaking, and has lived and worked in Canada, Peru, Mexico and South Korea.
From the shamefully overdue pile (turns out I have quite a few shameful piles...)
From the Blurb:
Cocaine. Construction. Corruption.
The unholy trinity of Sydney
Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business.
Another from the was reading pile (I've been computer avoiding for a few days).
From the Blurb:
Four years ago, in the small town of Birravale, Eliza Daley was murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he?
So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings - and he claims Curtis Wade was convicted on flimsy evidence and shoddy police work. Millions of viewers agree.
This is the latest in the rural noir pile, and 50 or so pages in feels like a very good entry indeed.
From the Blurb:
Perhaps if Sweetapple hadn’t stopped to help the idiots who had just near run him off the road in their ute, things may have gone entirely differently.
From the just finished pile.
From the Blurb:
An outsider detective. The vigilante killer with a message. A cold case they both want solved.
From Amazon Bestseller S.D. Rowell comes a heart-pounding crime mystery that will keep you thinking until the final page…
In 1942 Peter Corris was born in Stawell Victoria. 122ks away, I arrived in a similar part of the world sometime later. In 1980 I was newly arrived in Melbourne, and by absolute happenstance, a crime fiction fan, living around the corner from Murder Inc in Auburn Road, Hawthorn. My delight at that stage was the discovery of a ready source of John Wainwright's books. And then Malcolm, the lovely and profoundly knowledgeable gentleman who ran Murder Inc, asked me if I'd like to try something local for a change. The Dying Trade was my first Cliff Hardy novel.
So on the weekend we (as in the ACWA Committee(link is external) - Rochelle Jackson, Robert Goodman, David Whish-Wilson, Louisa (LA) Larkin, Andrea Thompson, Jacqui Horwood, Deb Crabtree, Georgina Heydon, Meg Vann and I) did a thing.
From the heaving great pile of reading matter that I'm very behind with.
From the Blurb:
When Andy and Mel’s double date turns into a snuff film, Andy fights back, killing one of her attackers, leading to an unwanted aftermath of attention and threats.
Detective Daniel Connor links the attack to the recent discovery of six female bodies found buried in bushland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – three double homicides now thought to be part of an organised snuff-film ring.
Richard Anderson is a second generation farmer from northern New South Wales. He has been running a beef-cattle farm for twenty-five years, but has also worked as a miner and had a stint on the local council.
There's a LOT of buzz going around about this one.
From the Blurb:
In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself.
My round up of the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards shortlist is now at Newtown Review of Books
Slight (okay extreme) change of pace.
From the Blurb:
Rebecca wondered if she was looking at an elaborate hoax. She wasn't.
Along with a dozen other journalists and food-industry celebrities, she had just witnessed the unveiling of the baked head of one of Adelaide's most celebrated chefs. The head of Leong Chew sat on a pewter platter. The cloche had just been removed, revealing Leong Chew, clearly not at his best.
One that I finished over the weekend - review to come asap.
From the Blurb:
A fugitive in the present. A runaway in the past.
Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest law case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale.
So I read this one over the weekend but it's another that a review will come out in the next day or so, in the meantime ... read it.
From the Blurb:
‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’
On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.
Twenty-five years ago, serial killer Paul Denyer terrorised the Melbourne bayside suburb of Frankston.
It began on 11 June 1993 when Elizabeth Stevens was murdered on her way home from the library. Then, on 8 July, Debbie Fream left her new baby boy with a friend while she dashed out for milk. She was abducted and killed.
True crime writer Vikki Petraitis was researching her second book, after writing The Phillip Island Murder (Kerr Publishing, 1994), when she unexpectedly found herself in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer.
Catching up on some of the true crime books stacked about the place.
From the Blurb:
Career criminal John Killick was involved in the most audacious prison break in Australian history when he escaped from Sydney’s Silverwater prison after his partner in crime Lucy Dudko commandeered a scenic helicopter flight at gunpoint.
Australia’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ spent 45 days on the run before being caught… Killick was sentenced to 23 years jail; Dudko to ten. After his release, the pair meet up again but are they the same people? Is the magic still there?
Following on from Gideon Haigh's A Scandal in Bohemia, a factual account of the life and fate of Molly Dean, now The Portrait of Molly Dean, a fictional look back and Molly's life from the point of view of independent art dealer Alex Cayton. A fabulous read.
From the Blurb:
An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years...
Finished this late last night because I wanted to read it and because next up (after a bookclub read) it's Katherine Koviac's book The Portrait of Molly Dean.
From the Blurb:
An unsolved murder takes one of Australia’s foremost writers of non-fiction into the 1930s Bohemian demi-monde, exploring the fate of a talented young woman trying to make her way in that artistic, sexualised, ‘liberated’ world.
Turns out that injury to my partner (he's okay) is something that will bite into your reading time. Things ground to a bit of a halt last week what with himself managing to require hospitalisation for a back injury. He's feeling a lot better now and might have got off with one of those dreaded "you're not as young as you think you are" warnings over a back which we all know is dodgy. Anyway, this has been lurking on the reading pile for way too long.,
From the Blurb:
Started this one last night.
From the Blurb:
Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished ...
For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women.Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.
I am sort of keeping pace with myself again, having just finished this book...
From the Blurb:
All she wanted was to escape. But why does she still feel trapped. A gripping psychological drama by the author of Mothers and Daughters and Into My Arms.
Latest, just finished read. Hopefully this is the start of another series.
From the Blurb:
The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.
He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.
Another from the pile up of things I should have mentioned a week ago.
From the Blurb:
A top executive dies suddenly.
An inside job?
Hundreds of suited suspects in one city office.
Detective Sergeant Brian Shaw is recalled from Yorke Peninsula.
From sleepy country town to throbbing city throngs, clashing personalities, old scores to be settled, frustrated ambitions, jealousies, and something new: female tellers.
A hotbed of suspicions from managing director to tea lady.
I am actually reading this one right now. I'm all caught up in other words!
From the Blurb:
Ten years after surviving special operations in Afghanistan, Danny Clay is working as a scriptwriter in the emotional war zone of TV production. His best mate and editor is Vietnamese neighbour Zan who may or may not have killed a man with her bare hands. When their writer friends start dying in mysterious circumstances, Danny must resurrect his old army sapper skills to prevent himself and Zan becoming the next victims.
Another from the have read pile - this is the 3rd book in the Natalie King series.
From the Blurb:
Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult.
Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy and compulsive; she claims he’s been abusing their daughter Chelsea.
Okay so there's a spot of catching up going on - I have been so busy reading, I've forgotten to post updates.
From the Blurb:
Three bodies… three killers?
A taxi driver disappears, his burnt-out cab the only evidence of his last stop. In the same desolate area, a body is found in the boot of a stolen car half-submerged in a muddy creek. It’s not the cab driver…
Really like the way that Ellie Marney creates the settings for these books - they feel very real and the people in them authentic.
From the Blurb:
Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.
Nearly caught up now - finished this earlier this week.
From the Blurb:
Meet Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He's also a psychopath with a dark secret, and the FBI's last resort.
A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It's only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.
It's been quite a while since I caught up with these listings as you can probably tell by now.
From the Blurb:
In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved.
A moment of distraction, an unlocked car and a missing baby. How on earth could this happen?
All Malia needed was a single litre of milk and now she's surrounded by police and Zach has disappeared.
Another from the past reading pile.
From the Blurb:
Six international artists are invited to a residency in southern Spain. What could possibly go wrong?
Writer’s block and paintings of oranges.
Love, lust, revenge.
A sculptor left for dead on the side of a mountain.
Part love story, part thriller and wholly page-turning, Dig Two Graves shows us once again that ‘Morwood is a classy act.’ – The Australian
For readers who like their crime/thrillers gore-free and more refined.
This is the third book now in the Agatha Christie Book Club series.
From the Blurb:
It was supposed to a frivolous night out. The champagne was flowing, the rugs were arranged, and the Agatha Christie Book Club had settled in to watch their favourite mystery Evil Under the Sun on the moonlit screen above.
Yet it all comes to a crashing halt when a woman’s lifeless body is discovered lying between the jumble of picnic baskets and blankets. She has been strangled and discarded like an empty champagne bottle.
Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.
From the Blurb:
The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...
In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.
Launch by Maggie Baron (former forensic scientist): 6 for 6.30pm Wednesday 20 June
Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland Street., St Kilda
Free event, but please RSVP by Tuesday 19 June to firstname.lastname@example.org
Started this one last night, it's due for publication sometime soon and so far it's really engaging.
From the Blurb:
Started this one over the weekend and didn't get nearly enough reading time to finish it, which has turned out to be a bit annoying as it's very good.
From the Blurb:
Can a man who’s lived a life of crime ever escape his past? The world’s most reluctant private investigator is about to find out.
Former bad boy turned local hero, Bill Murdoch, should be happy with his little piece of paradise. After all, he’s got the fancy car and the big house by the beach. The only trouble is he’s slowly suffocating in small town life.
Easter reading pile number whatever I'm up to now.
From the Blurb:
“I was aware of the weight of Spoole’s head, clutched against my stomach. I hadn’t thought of a head being something that was heavy to carry. Another new thing learned.”
From the current reading pile.
From the Blurb:
The third novel in this Australian murder mystery series takes the reader behind the friendly laid-back facade of Darwin, Australia’s northern capital, into a world where a crocodile roams the waterways in search of revenge and evil ripples in the hearts of humans.
And finally, from the past weekend.
From the Blurb:
Chapman Bouttell, an Australian homicide detective, is drawn violently back into a conspiracy he thought he’d escaped while serving in the Vietnam War when members of his former army unit were found murdered.
A quick departure from the #yeahnoir pile.
From the Blurb:
“The Claremont”, an outdated, run-down apartment building, is thrown into turmoil when its latest and most celebrated resident, Crispin Fairchild, conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found murdered.
I'm not going to pretend that today's been a day like any other. When the news of the death of the master of Australian Crime Fiction Peter Temple reached us yesterday, courtesy of a fellow august Australian writer it was a blow. It wasn't totally unexpected sure, there'd been rumours, but it was still one of those moments where a glass of whiskey and a short contemplation was required.
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. Her most recent release is Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Michael Veitch spent much of his youth writing and performing in television sketch comedy programs, before freelancing as a columnist and arts reviewer for newspapers and magazines. For four years he presented Sunday Arts, the national arts show on ABC television, and produced two books indulging his life-long interest in the aircraft of the Second World War, Flak and Fly. He lives in Hobart, where he presents ABC radio.
First Dog on the Moon (Andrew Marlton) is a Cartoonist for The Guardian Australia, the best and most interesting news website/paper ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
He cartoons there most days holding the nation to account for its folly. First Dog on the Moon is a sneering elitist, and devilishly handsome.
Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals' birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer.
John Rosanowski was born in Reefton and studied history at the University of Canterbury. He has written articles on West Coast history for newspapers,magazines and the NZ Journal of History.
Australian author and artist Rosa Fedele, known for her portrait and figurative work, was born in Sydney and studied at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School. A member of Portrait Artists Australia, Australia’s largest industry association for professional portraitists, her work has been exhibited in NSW Parliament House and Parliament House Canberra, as well as numerous galleries and exhibitions in Australia and worldwide.
I started this the other night and was enthralled from the start. For our first 2018 f2f bookclub gathering.
From the Blurb:
Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.
Promised myself this would be my Boxing Day Test reading this year - which turned out to be the perfect choice, what with that awful wicket.
From the Blurb:
Say it's not so, but detective squads still put their faith in the whiteboard and texta, brainstorming difficult cases. Like this:
I'm behind with everything and bloody hate coming up with Top howevermany's so I'm not pretending to try anymore. Instead, a list of books that just nailed it this year. In no particular order, or quantity, although I have had a go at combining them into geographical locations so you know - result.
Too Easy, J.M. Green (review to come at Newtown Review of Books, but this is the second book in the Stella Hardy series and it's required reading).
Having now officially completely lost control of Mt TBR I'm randomly picking things based on some criteria or another. So I started this one over the weekend. Not sorry.
From the Blurb:
What happens when a drug dealer is forced to turn detective?
Meet Bill Murdoch, the world's most reluctant private investigator.
This has been sitting on the to be read pile for way too long.
From the Blurb:
Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.
It's been busy in these parts but I have been getting a bit of reading done. Particularly pleased it was this one, straight from the very hard to put down camp.
From the Blurb:
When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.
I've jumped this up the queue because I needed a bit of a kickstart to get reading seriously again. It's working.
From the Blurb:
In 1999, a number of young women go missing in the Perth suburb of Claremont. One body is discovered. Others are never seen again. Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator but neither he nor the cops can find the serial killer. Sixteen years later, another case brings Snowy to Broome, where he teams up with Dan Clement (Before It Breaks) and an incidental crime puts them back on the Claremont case.
Roger Rogerson hasn't been a police officer for more than 20 years. Yet his name makes him the most well-known 'detective-sergeant' in Australia. He has been the subject of articles, appearances, profiles and books; portrayed in TV dramas; and recorded by covert listening devices at home for months. Rogerson took up his own pen in prison. Out, he walked the club and pub speaking circuit, where he found a ready audience for his tales of law and mayhem. He now writes for newspapers.
Lowe lives in Sydney and is currently working on Stripped Down, the sequel to Stuck Up. She is totally unable to relax, is slightly unhinged and likes baking cupcakes, especially ones that involve glitter.
Colin King is a Bendigo writer and former policy consultant.
Steve P. Vincent lives with his wife in a pokey apartment in Melbourne’s north-west, where he’s forced to write on the couch in front of an obnoxiously large television. When he’s not writing, Steve keeps food and flat whites on the table working for the man. He enjoys beer, whisky, sports and dreaming up ever more elaborate conspiracy theories to write about. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and History. His honours thesis was on the topic of global terrorism. He has travelled extensively through Europe, the United States and Asia.
Jack Heath is the pen name of a bestselling and award-winning author. His twenty action-packed novels have been translated into several languages and optioned for film and television.
Kate Kyriacou has been a journalist since 2001. She has written for newspapers around the country, including the Sunday Herald-Sun, the Adelaide Advertiser and Sunday Mail, and Brisbane’s Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. She has been the Courier-Mail’s chief crime reporter since 2012 and has won awards, at both a state and national level, for her work as a crime writer.
Denis Ryan is the former Victorian Police officer who sought to bring the pedophile priest Monsignor John Day, to justice and break the nexus that extended police protection to the priest.
Michalia Arathimos is a Greek / New Zealand writer who lives in Melbourne with her partner and two sons. She is a prize-winning author of short stories and essays, and winner of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, 2016. She works as a freelance editor and is the fiction reviewer for Melbourne magazine Overland.
Heath O'Loughlin is the son of a former member and 'Sons of God' Chief Inspector. Having earned the trust of members of the Special Operations Group, he is now telling their remarkable stories for the first time. Heath began his journalism cadetship at the Seven Network in Melbourne in 2001. In is time there, he covered some of Melbourne's most infamous crimes including underworld killings and other high-profile cases. He crossed to the Nine Network in 2006 to report on sport and co-anchor the weekend bulletin. After eight years in television news, he became General Manager of Media, Communications and Marketing at the North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL where he has been since 2008.
Born a Capricorn in Paddington – ‘The Paddo’ Brisbane, Queensland, Barry Weston now lives with his wife and two chocolate Labradors on a few acres on a small island south of Hobart, Tasmania overlooking the Great Southern Ocean. In previous lives, he gained employment as various means of survival; as a car-park attendant, stereotyper, advertising salesman, commercial printer, private art teacher, railway porter, an ‘outee’ Painter and Docker, roof-painter, sign writer, cleaner, hotel barman and ‘security attendant’ (read that as bouncer). Through such employment and friendships, he came in contact with a cast of varied characters, from solicitors, professional thieves, police officers and hard-men. These experiences and yarns from such people feed into his fictional crime writing, and have assisted in developing an insight and understanding of the ethics of the ‘knock-about’ bloke, and the up/down side of the wrong/right coin. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts. His forty odd year career within the visual arts consists of thirty-eight solo/group exhibitions, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has taught visual arts at tertiary level at a few Australian universities, and Artist-in-Residence at a few others. After resigning his position at La Trobe University, Bendigo as Head of Department in 1999 and relocating to an island life-style, he has left the studio doors ajar, but now focuses primarily upon writing.
Megan Daymond is a crime author, writer and advocate for survivors of childhood cancer. Her debut crime novel ‘Just Play Along’ is the first book in the Andy Knight Series, based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches – published February 2018. Megan is an advocate for survivors of childhood cancer, raising awareness of the long-term side effects of childhood cancer treatments. Through her blog Megan shares the challenges of her own journey as a survivor of childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia; writing about her own personal experiences in the hope that other survivors may be able to relate to them as well as raising awareness about certain issues that face adult survivors of childhood cancer today.
Bill Bateman practiced medicine for 25 years on Victoria's rugged south-west coast, before moving with his family to the city. Currently he works at an inner suburban GP practice and a drop in clinic for the homeless. He was the author of a fortnightly (hopefully funny) column in The Australian Doctor, a national medical magazine, and now turns his pen to novel writing. The characters and setting of Hard Labour will appear in Bill's future books.
M.J. Tjia has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studes. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure's Viva la Novella, 2017. She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize, Overland's Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story Prize, and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and longlisted for the CWA daggar awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.
M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane based crime/ thriller writer. She has just published her debut novel, Azrael, and is currently writing her second book.
Katie Rowney started out as a journalist in a small country town and saw her first dead body on her second day on the job. After shifting through several community newspapers and freelancing for Fairfax, she joined the dark side as a media officer for the emergency services. Her job involved everything from evacuating towns during cyclones to trying to train firefighters not to swear during live to air interviews. She's currently a senior communications officer at a QLD university, helping engineers and scientists with no social skills share their findings with the world.
David Free is a critic and novelist based in Northern NSW.
Rusty Young (born 1975) is the Australian-born author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison and the bestselling novel, Colombiano, a fact-meets-fiction revenge thriller about a Colombian boy who sets out to avenge his father’s death.
Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, I studied accounting in College before the allure of a career in tennis led me to make a tough decision. Remain home and become a CPA, or travel the world playing tennis? Did I say, tough decision? I accepted a tennis scholarship to America and graduated with a degree in Economics & Finance in 1985. After graduation, and with the dream of a playing career cut short by injury, it was time for a new challenge. Thus, began a ten-year stint with a major U.S. airline traversing the country in numerous roles. More recently, before the writing bug took hold, I toiled for fifteen years as a bank executive in Dallas, Texas.
John Hollenkamp created The Darren Mangan Thriller Series with STEALTH, followed by A TROPICAL CURE. Darren is a dry-witted, good-looking Queenslander, (some people think he resembles the chap in Magnum PI, Tom Selleck) except a cabdriver doesn't make the same coin as a Hollywood actor. And that's where Darren's life runs a fine balance between good and a little bad...
Kate Lyons was born in 1965 in outback New South Wales. She has had her short fiction and poetry published in a range of Australian literary journals. Her first novel, The Water Underneath, was shortlisted in the 1999 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2001. Her second novel The Corner of Your Eye was published by Allen & Unwin in 2006.
S.D. Rowell is an Australian crime mystery author, born in Adelaide, South Australia. A graduate of both the University of South Australia and Flinders University, the author is interested in the interplay between culture, morality and truth, which is explored within the novel, "The Echo of Others".
Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. He has sold out shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has appeared on ABCTV, Channel 10, and The Comedy Channel. Off-stage, Benjamin has worked for publishing houses and literary agencies in Australia and the USA.
Gabriella Coslovic is a Melbourne based journalist with more than 20 years' experience, including 15 years at The Age newspaper where she specialised in arts writing and developed an extensive network of contacts in the arts world.
Robert Engwerda was born in the Netherlands, his family later settling in northern Victoria. His occupations have included fruit picker, factory worker, clerk, secondary school teacher and educational publisher. His first novel, Backwaters, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2005, and in 2007 he won a place in the Australian Society of Authors' highly regarded mentorship program. Robert currently lives in Melbourne.
Dr Leah Giarratano has had a long career as a psychologist. An expert in psychological trauma, sex offences and psychopathology, she has had many years' experience working with victims and psychopaths. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, with the Australian Defence Force, and in corrective services with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders. She has assessed and treated survivors of just about every imaginable psychological trauma, including hostages; war veterans; rape, asult, and accident victims; and has worked with police, fire and ambulance officers.
Darren Williams grew up on the far north coast of New South Wales. He had long wanted to be a writer and in 1992, Darren took time off work to begin his first novel, Swimming In Silk. He describes the process as 'months and months of hard work punctuated by moments of pure exhiliaration'.
Ruth Starke has worked in public relations and travel marketing, and at a great variety of other jobs - of which the most interesting, she says, were selling French perfume in Harrods, cooking on the radio, taking tourists to Kashmir, and interviewing Grand Prix drivers. She turned to fiction writing in 1992, and since then has written over a dozen novels for young people, including the best-selling NIPS XI which was recently named Honour Book (Younger Readers) in the 2001 CBC Awards, The Twist in the Tale, winner of an Aurealis award, and Coming Out, a CBC Notable Book (1998). For a complete list of titles visit the Books section of this website. Ruth lives in Adelaide where she teaches English at Flinders University and creative writing at TAFE. She reviews for Viewpoint and Australian Book Review magazines, has been a judge for the National Festival Awards for Children's Literature since 1995, and is deputy chair of the South Australian Writers' Centre.
Harry Ledowsky is one of Australia’s most awarded Creative Directors and has been a judge on every major Advertising Award in Australia. Creator of “Oils Ain’t Oils” for Castrol, “Aussie Cossie” for Speedo, “Happy Joe Happy” for the NRMA and “The Bundy Bear” for Bundaberg Rum. He was National Creative Director and head of the Worldwide Creative Directors for Young & Rubicam and was named as “the second most outstanding individual in Advertising” by the Financial Review. He has won over 150 National & International Advertising Awards and been nominated to the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame, who said he was: “A master of drama, pathos and humour .” Having retired from the ad industry he now presents the Morning show on 99.3 Northside Radio.
Iain Ryan grew up in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. His debut novel 'Four Days' is now available from Broken River Books. His work is previously published by Akashic Books (New York) and Crime Factory (Melbourne).
Swedish crime fiction author A.C. Efverman was born Anna Charlotta Efverman in Stockholm, year 1972. She lived and worked in many countries before she finally settled in Australia in 1996. During her time of travel she saw and experienced many things - in one horrific moment she had a gun pointed at her head. She writes from her experience of being a victim of crime, as well as drawing from her extensive imagination, plus many hours' research of real life murderers, police procedures and forensic data. Her novels contain the same main characters and the stories are set in her adopted home town Sydney. A.C. Efverman is also an artist - she is a graduate of Stockholm School of Arts - and she utilizes her artistic view of the world in her writing. Her books are available world wide in both English and Swedish.
Kelly Brooke Nicholls’ fascination with other cultures was instilled in her early years growing up on a boat in the south pacific islands. She’s been passionate about human rights from an early age and following a stint as a journalist at Australian Associated Press she moved to Latin America when she was 23. From there she was compelled to make a difference and help people affected by conflict, abuse and extreme poverty. She has over 15 years’ senior leadership experience working for NGOs ranging from Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders to a small indigenous-led organisation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
John is a sixth generation New Zealander through his maternal blood lines and the Great, Great, Great, Grandson of John Daysh whom arrived in New Zealand in 1841 from Hamshire, England. Just two years after the Treaty of Waitangi which granted Britain dual sovereignty (with the indigenous Maori) over New Zealand. He is a proud New Zealander who knows Thailand well. http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/keeping-track-of-john-daysh-an-int...
Tony Jones was still at school when Lionel Murphy raided ASIO. After an ABC cadetship, he joined the television program Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and then went to Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for a time in London and later in Washington. Inter alia, he covered the war crimes in Bosnia. For many years he presented the ABC TV current affairs program Lateline. Today he hosts Q&A on ABC TV on Monday nights.
Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, O Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine, Kill Your Darlings, The Hoopla and MamaMia, among others. Kylie's first novel, After the Fall , was published in Australia, the US and Turkey, while her second, Last Summer, was highly commended in the 2011 Federation of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award for fiction. Her previous books are Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity and Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Kylie’s third novel, Into My Arms, has been selected as one of Get Reading’s Fifty Books You Can’t Put Down for 2013. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two children.
Ron Elliott is a scriptwriter, director and academic. His directorial credits include a feature film, Justice, and episodes of ABC programs such as Australia, You’re Standing In It, The Gillies Report and Studio 86. Ron has written for Home and Away, Bush Patrol, Ship to Shore and many more children’s television series. In 2001 he wrote the AFI nominated telemovie Southern Cross. Ron is currently a lecturer in Film and Television at Curtin University.
Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer at the University of New South Wales, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor. Sofie worked for a number of years as an actor at the same time as completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Sofie is now an author and playright writing for both adults and children.
After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls. Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Nothing Bad Happens Here is her fist novel (but hopefully not her last), set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.
Matt Neal is an Australian journalist, musician and Rotten Tomatoes accredited film reviewer. He posts a song every few weeks on his blog Doc’s Anthology. He lives in Warrnambool with his wife and son but will probably be run out of town when this is published. Bay of Martyrs is his first book. Dedicated to Danni and Reggie – my two true.
I had my first taste of literary success at the age of eleven when I won St Michael’s Primary School’s Year Six creative writing competition with my dramatic World War II piece, Dominic Finds a Way. Twenty-four comparatively unsuccessful years later, I was one of the winners of NZ Book Month’s Six Pack Twocompetition with Scout’s Honour, an extract from an early draft of what was to become All Our Secrets. My short stories have been published in journals and magazines both here and across the Tasman, including Southerly: Writers and their Journals (Australia), Pulp (NZ), Viola Beadleton’s Compendium (NZ) and Island (Australia).
John Lang (1816-1864) was the first Australian-born novelist, often lauded as the first known writer of detective fiction in the Anglophone world. He is best known for his collection of short stories in Botany Bay: True Tales of Early Australia (1859) and for his career as a barrister. His grandfather was transported to Australia in the First Fleet for stealing eight silver spoons. Lang spent most of his professional career in India. There, he launched an anti-government magazine called The Mofussilite, where he published his novels in serial form. These were often anonymous, and Lang is widely believed to be the author of Violet the Danseuse (1836), making him the first Australian to publish an international best-selling novel.
Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. He speaks fluent Russian and smatterings of other languages with varying degrees of success.
Born in Bristol, England, I was always an avid reader. I've worked in Europe and travelled fairly extensively. I have written various sailing articles and had them published in magazines. Having lived and worked in the Middle East for a number of years, I believe I have a good understanding of the region. I used that experience to write my first full novel 'The Jaws of Revenge' quickly followed by my second, 'Terror of the Innocent'. Both star US Navy SEAL John Deacon and some of his colleagues in the Pentagon. Both also feature his adversary, Saif the Palestinian - an ex-Navy traitor whose mission in life is to destroy the West and, in particular, the USA.
Katherine Kovocic was a veterinarian but preferred training dogs to taking their temperatures. She seized the chance to return to study and earned an MA, followed by a PhD in Art History. Katherine spends her spare time writing, dancing and teaching other people's dogs to ride skateboards.