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Rochelle Manners

Rochelle is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing. Rochelle has run a number of other successful imprints including Even Before Publishing. Her passion for encouraging emerging Australian authors led her to establishing The Word Writers and online…

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Kristen Young

Kristen lives in the Central West of NSW with her family and neurotic Mini Schnauzer. She loves Jesus, talking about him, and sharing the good news with people of all ages. She partners with her husband in the youth and children’s ministry in their local church. She writes YA fiction and non-fiction. Kristen is also…

Adele Jones

Adele Jones

Queensland author Adele Jones writes young adult and historical novels, poetry and short inspirational, fiction and non-fiction works. Her first YA novel Integrate was awarded the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript. Her writing explores issues of social justice, humanity, faith, natural beauty and meaning in life’s journey, and as a speaker she presents a…

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton is the author of 14 books. Several have won awards. She writes picture books, middle grade, YA fantasy to a meditative theology series. She’s also a professional editor and has worked on over 100 books and magazines, along with so many independent articles she’s long ago lost count. She’s edited both fiction and non-fiction for…

Mary Hawkins

Mary Hawkins

Mary is a best-selling Christian romance author multi-published by Barbour Publishing (America), Ark House Press and Harlequin (five in medical romance sub-genre and translated into several languages). All except the Baragula series are officially out of print but available from her while stocks last. The novels from Barbour are now e-books. A farmer’s daughter, a…

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has co-pastored a church for ten years, written numbers of songs and led music ministry, and worked as a high school English and Learning and Support teacher. A longtime lover of…

Wendy Sargeant

Wendy Sargeant

Wendy is a mother of two, was a full member of the Queensland Society of Editors until her recent retirement, and is an award winning author. She has published many newspaper and magazine articles. Her first book, commissioned by Harval Educational, was a Creative Writing manual. She also edited their grammar manuals used throughout the NSW education…

Penny Reeve

Penny Reeve

Penny Reeve is the author of more than 20 books for children. She writes picture books, non-fiction, junior fiction and YA. Penny is passionate about cross-cultural issues, faith and storytelling. She writes to empower children to respond to the world around them. As a manuscript assessor Penny offers a paid consultation service for writers wanting to strengthen…

Ruth Bonetti

Ruth Bonetti

Ruth Bonetti has been published by a large publishing house (Oxford University Press published Enjoy Playing the Clarinet with its accompanying piano book) and a smaller Australian niche publisher (Albatross Books) and a music publisher. She was Editorial Consultant for the Australian Music Examinations Board Clarinet Syllabus grade books commissioned by Allans Publishing. Ruth approaches…

Narelle Atkins

Narelle Atkins

A fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle Atkins was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children. A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle’s contemporary stories of faith and romance are…

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Marshall Ballantine-Jones

Marshall Ballantine-Jones is married to Rebecca and has four children. Brought up in a minister’s family, his first postgrad career was in business as a financial analyst and computer programmer, after which he studied at Moore College and became an Anglican minister. After 12 years in various parish-based roles, he moved to Youthworks in 2010…

Adam Collings

Adam Collings

Adam David Collings is an author of speculative fiction. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife Linda and his two children.  Adam draws inspiration for his stories from his over-active imagination, his life experiences and his faith. Adam is a one of nine contributing authors to Medieval Mars: The Anthology. A collection of stories…

Valerie Volk

Valerie Volk

Valerie Volk is an Adelaide writer of poetry, verse novels and prose fiction. She has published widely in Australian journals and magazines, with almost two hundred poems and short stories in print, and seven books, including In Due Season – poems of love and loss, which won the Omega Writers CALEB Prize for poetry in…

Jenny Glazebrook

Jenny Glazebrook

Jenny loves to write inspirational Christian fiction for young adults. She is the wife of Rob Glazebrook and the mother of Micah, Merridy, Clarity and Amelia. They live in the country town of Gundagai with lots of pets. Jenny is the author of 5 published novels with the final 2 of her Aussie Sky Series…

Iola Goulton

Iola Goulton

I am a married mother-of-two, living in the sunny Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. I’m a book reviewer who plays the horn in the local Brass Band and does scrapbooking and cardmaking as hobbies, and I’m a part-time self-employed editor and proofreader of Christian fiction. Website: http://christianediting.co.nz/  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4164070-iola    

Anusha Atukorala

Anusha Atukorala

Anusha has a song in her heart and a message to proclaim. She is passionate about life, family, friendship, music, reading, writing, the beauty of creation and of course, JESUS. Her first book ‘Enjoying the Journey‘ contains 75 little stories from everyday life. She has numerous short pieces published in the Australian Stories anthologies. Anusha’s…

Meredith Resce

Meredith Resce

South Australian Author, Meredith Resce, has been writing since 1991, and has had books in the Australian market since 1997. Following the Australian success of her “Heart of Green Valley” series, they were released in the UK and USA. She recently released her 18th project, ‘Falling for Maddie Grace’, both in a box set with international bestselling…

Catriona McKeown

Catriona McKeown

Catriona McKeown lives on the Fraser Coast in Queensland, Australia, with her husband of 20+ years and three daughters. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, and is currently studying a Master of Inclusive Education. Catriona has completed a writing course at The Writers’ Studio and continues to study the art…

Beryl Spencer

Beryl Spencer

  Beryl Spencer is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who lives with her husband on a cattle property outside Kilkivan, Queensland. Beryl sees herself as a country girl, having been born and raised on the land. She is also a successful business woman. Beryl loves living in the country in a large home that has…

Elizabeth Klein

Elizabeth Klein

With nineteen years of experience in the classroom and nine years as a tutor, Elizabeth has also published many short stories in anthologies and online educational resources as well as stories in reading kits in schools. Two of her novels are Firelight of Heaven and Greenheart of the Forest.   Elizabeth is one of our…

Andrea Grigg

Andrea Grigg

Andrea Grigg is the author of two contemporary Christian romance novels published by Rhiza Press.  Previously a primary school teacher, Andrea has presented workshops in writers’ conferences, schools and local libraries.  Understanding how goal, motivation, and conflict can positively impact our stories (particularly in characterization) is something she loves to ‘share and show’ fellow writers…

Margaret Holahan

Margaret grew up in Newcastle, NSW with 3 older sisters and a younger brother. Her love for writing was fostered by one of her high school English teachers, who developed her love for writing poetry and short stories. Margaret married in 1987 and widowed in 1991. In 1997 she moved to Cape Town, South Africa…

Crystal Mary Lindsey

Crystal Mary Lindsey

Crystal Mary Lindsey is a retired health professional and Bible college graduate. She witnesses her Christian faith in many ways, especially in the writing of Christian Inspirational Romance and nonfiction self-help books. Crystal lived and worked in the USA for a few years where she married for the second time. She and her American husband…

Carolyn Bourke

Carolyn Bourke

Carolyn has been reading and writing something for as long as she can remember. In recent years her writing has been mainly work related – journal articles, reports and the odd panto or skit script. After accepting a redundancy in 2015, Carolyn enjoyed a Sabbatical which has given  the opportunity to reconsider her life direction. Currently studying…

Rowena Beresford

Rowena Beresford is the editor of The Book Curator magazine, which provides school librarians with a wealth of information including detailed reviews of books for children and young adults from the major publishers and many of the independents. She has worked in the boutique publishing industry for 15 years. Rowena is also the acquisitions editor…

Susan Barnes

Susan started writing devotional articles in 1988. However it wasn’t until 2005 that her writing became a priority after her three children left home. At that time Susan started a blog where she posts her devotionals, book reviews and inspirational articles. Susan completed a Ministry Degree in 2015 which she feels has given her a…

Margie Lawson

Margie Lawson —psychotherapist, editor, and international presenter – teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. Margie has presented over eighty full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Writers credit her innovative deep editing approaches with taking their writing several levels…

Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy

Simon has had a TV show concept optioned by Matchbox Pictures. He has written several feature film scripts and his YouTube channel, Songs with Simon, has over fifteen million hits. In 2014, he served as a Development Executive in an international film competition and won first prize in the John Shaw Neilson category of Fellowship…

Jeanette O'Hagan

Jeanette O’Hagan

Jeanette O’Hagan enjoys writing fantasy fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. She is currently writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series – a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. She has short stories and poems published in Tied in Pink romance anthology (December 2014) and Poetica Christi’s Inner Child (July 2015),…

Raewyn Elsegood

Raewyn Elsegood

Raewyn is a wife and mother of three who is passionate about helping women move forward into their next right step for God.  She has spent the previous ten years on the pastoral team of her church, as National Director of Womens’ Leadership Network and Founder and Director of the Refresh Retreat.  At present she…

May-Kuan LIM

May-Kuan LIM was working as an engineer in a Malaysian newsroom when she realized she would rather write stories than broadcast them. From 2007 to 2015, she wrote a monthly parenting column for the Borneo Post. As she interviewed friends and experts, writing became a means of searching for answers. During this time, she also…

Penny Morrison

‘Penny Morrison is the author of 2017 CBCA Notable book, ‘Captain Sneer the Buccaneer’, the story of a boastful pirate who secretly wants his Mummy. Her other books include ‘Hey! is that how God made me?’ and ‘The Mighty Mighty King Christmas Book’. Penny studied early childhood education and has taught in preschools, run playgroups…

David Bennett

David Bennett

David Malcolm Bennett is an evangelical theologian, who has the gift of doing thorough and painstaking research and presenting the results in a readable form. Some of his books are academic, but still very readable, others are in a more popular style. David’s latest books are “Edward Irving Reconsidered: The Man, his Controversies and the…

Margaret Lepke

Margaret Lepke

Margaret’s writing has been defined by her love for Jesus, her studies in theology, and her work as a counsellor, mediator, naturopath and educator. She writes about professional and biblical matters and manages the content of Biblical Publications, a new hosting platform for Christian eBooks, articles and other resources. Ministry… recently retired, Margaret now shares her…

Heather Monro

Heather Monro

Heather Monro is a qualified and highly experienced kindergarten teacher. She has taught for over 30 years and is a confident and dynamic motivator of children and adults. Heather is the Australian Director of Kids Music Company and leads music workshops and classes for teachers and children around Australia. She runs a KMC music school…

Russell Watt

Russell Watt

Russell Watt is an accountant by training and a creative writer at heart. He has been writing stories since he first learned how to pick up a pencil properly. Once he learned to type at high school, his productivity soared, and he was able to read what he wrote. Russell enjoys participating in National Novel…

Jemima Trappel

Jemima Trappel is a Sydney-based artist who enjoys bringing words to life. She’s the illustrator of Same by Katrina Roe, and also of the CALEB Prize winning Wonderfully Madison and Fearlessly Madison series by Penny Reeve. She’s married to Robbie and they are currently studying at Moore Theological College in Newtown. jemimatrappel.blogspot.com

Lynne Stringer

Lynne Stringer

Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels. Lynne currently works as a professional editor and proofreader. She has worked for Rochelle Manners of Wombat Books/Rhiza Press and now…

Katrina Roe

Katrina Roe is an author and radio presenter. She can be heard each weekday on Sydney’s Hope 103.2 radio, where she is the host of Hope Mornings. Her latest book, Gemma Gets the Jitters is being published with Wombat Books in 2017. Katrina’s first book, Marty’s Nut-Free Party was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book…

Judy Rogers

Judy Rogers

Judy is enjoying semi retirement as a part time senior florist after teaching primary and special education for nearly forty years. She has written and recorded a CD of songs and is now embarking on writing a set of Children’s fantasy novels. Judy has been involved in, and chaired many State and National committees within…

James Cooper

James Cooper

James Cooper is Director of Creative Writing at Tabor College, Adelaide, where he has lectured and supervised Masters students in creative writing since 2009. With postgraduate qualifications in Christian philosophy and education, as well as creative writing, he has published a number of poems and short stories both locally and overseas. While his main writing…

Patricia Weerakoon

Patricia Weerakoon

Patricia Weerakoon is a medical doctor turned Sexologist and Writer. She is an evangelical Christian. She is married to Vasantha. Her son Kamal is a Presbyterian minister. As a Sexologist she has translated her passion to bring good holistic sexual health to all people into practical sex education, sex research and sex therapy. Her writing and speaking…

Deb Porter

Deb is a publisher (Breath of Fresh Air Press), writer, editor, and popular public speaker. Deb has been the right hand person at FaithWriters.com since 2003, and is the Coordinator of the FaithWriters Writing Challenge. Since its inception, Deb has helped shape this weekly contest and now publishes the winning entries in the Mixed Blessings…

Alex Marestaing

Once upon a time, author Alex Marestaing wrote a random letter to the Walt Disney Company asking if they needed any creative help. Fortunately, Disney had mercy on his embarrassing attempt to break into the publishing scene and gave him his first writing job. A lot has happened since then, including four novels, a beautiful…

Gail Berryman

Gail Berryman

In a fencing club, God spoke to Gail M Berryman to consider keeping herself free of Sunday sport, particularly fencing. The club wanted her in competitions on the days she normally taught Sunday school. Would she put her name down? Then God spoke to her through His words in Isaiah 58:13,14NIV ‘If you keep your…

Margaret Holahan

Margaret grew up in Newcastle, NSW with 3 older sisters and a younger brother. Her love for writing was fostered by one of her high school English teachers, who developed her love for writing poetry and short stories. Margaret married in 1987 and widowed in 1991. In 1997 she moved to Cape Town, South Africa…

Amanda Deed

Amanda Deed has penned several Australian Historical Romances, including The Game, winner of the CALEB Prize for Fiction in 2010. She resides in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne with her family, where she works full-time in her local church office. Outside of work and family, Amanda loves to write stories filled with intrigue and…

Carol Preston

Carol Preston

Carol lives in Wollongong with her husband, Neil. She is a psychologist and has a part time private counselling practice, as well as being an author and speaker. Carol enjoys spending time with her children and four grandchildren, as well as bushwalking, gardening and holidaying overseas with her husband. One of her hobbies over many…

Nola Passmore

Nola Passmore

Nola Passmore is a freelance writer and editor who has had more than 150 short pieces published, including devotionals, true stories, poetry, short fiction, magazine articles and academic papers.  She and her husband Tim have their own freelance writing and editing business called The Write Flourish.  They love helping writers to achieve their goals and be…

Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Jo-Anne Berthelsen is a Sydney-based author of six published novels—Heléna, All the Days of My Life, Laura, Jenna, Heléna’s Legacy and The Inheritance. Her first memoir, Soul Friend, was released in 2012, while a second, Becoming Me, is currently awaiting publication.  Jo-Anne holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school…

Amanda Greenslades

Amanda Greenslades

A writer of children’s books and bridge (new adult) fantasy, Amanda aspires to encourage others, be creative and enjoy books. Her books are available in print and as ebooks, including some with multimedia. A creative editor with a modern approach, Amanda has worked on fiction and non-fiction, and especially enjoys fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and…

Rose Dee

Rose was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her Resolution series. Two of the three Resolution novels have won Australian CALEB awards. She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel highlighting the pain of Australia’s past policy of forced…

Paula Vince

Paula Vince

Award-winning author, Paula Vince loves to evoke tears and laughter through her novels. A wife and homeschooling mother of three, she resides in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Her youth was brightened by great fiction and she’s on a mission to pay it forward. Her books are a blend of drama and romance,…

Hazel Barker

Hazel Barker

Hazel Barker arrived in Australia from Burma in 1967 courtesy of her English great grandfather and Portuguese grandmother, during the days of the White Australia Policy. She completed her Arts degree at the University of Western Australia, with History as her major and English as her sub-major. After teaching English at various High Schools in…