Year: 2011

Leah Giarratano: Author of crime thrillers

Dr Leah Giarratano has been a clinical psychologist for many years – she’s therefore well placed to write convincing crime thrillers. Her latest book is Black Ice, the third in the series of Jill Jackson novels. Her background in psychology focuses on trauma, sex offences and psychopathology. She has worked... read more

Linwood Barclay: Best-selling thriller author

Linwood Barclay is the hugely successful author of No Time for Goodbye, which was the bestselling novel in the UK for 2008. He started his career in journalism in his hometown of Ontario, Canada and went on to become a regular humour columnist in the Toronto Star from 1993 to... read more

Marele Day: Author of crime fiction

Marele Day is the author of 10 books, including the four-book Claudia Valentine series of crime novels. Her latest book is The Sea Bed, about a Buddhist monk who leaves his monastery to carry out a fellow monk’s dying wish. She has won several awards including the Ned... read more

Helen Brown: Columnist and author

Helen Brown is a newspaper columnist and author originally from New Zealand and now living in Melbourne. She has published 10 books and has written regular columns for papers such as the Christchurch Star, Marlborough Express and LIVE Magazine. This year she was awarded the Qantas Columnist of the Year... read more

Poppy King: Lipstick queen and author

In 1992, 18 months after finishing high school, Poppy King set up Poppy Industries. Through her company she sold her own brand of lipstick, and within three years, her business had grown into a multi-million dollar company. She quickly became known as the ‘Lipstick Queen’. In 2002 Poppy Industries... read more

Susannah Fullerton: Literary lecturer and author

Susannah Fullerton is a popular literary lecturer and author. She is a leading authority on 19th and 20th century writers with a special interest in Jane Austen – she is president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia. She also leads literary tours to the UK every year. Her latest book... read more

Craig Silvey: Award-winning novelist

Craig Silvey was only 19 when he finished his first novel, Rhubarb. It was published two years later in 2004 and won Craig The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award. The book was hailed by critics and readers alike and was chosen as the 'One Book' for the Perth... read more

Mary Moody: Memoir author

Mary Moody has had a long passion for gardening. She moved from Sydney to Leura in late 1970s with her family and there became an avid gardener and self-sufficiency advocate. Her gardening and love of writing led to a number of columns on gardening and eventually many books, including... read more

Amanda Falconer: Marketing expert and author

Amanda Falconer is author of The Renovator’s Survival Guide. Since the book’s launch, she has been featured on Sunrise, 9am with David & Kim, A Current Affair, as well as numerous radio interviews including ABC Radio in Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, as well as 3AW and... read more

Gregor Salmon: Freelance writer and author

Gregor Salmon is a Sydney based freelance writer. He has written for many Australian magazines including Sunday Life, Inside Sport, Ralph, Readers Digest and Playboy. He has also worked as a producer in television for Beyond Productions, The Morning Show on Channel 7 and an online producer for Channel 7... read more

Dominic Knight: Freelance writer, blogger and author

Dominic Knight is best known for his work with the comedy team, The Chaser. In 1999 he founded The Chaser newspaper with Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel and Charles Firth. Following on from that were the ABC television series CNNNN, The Chaser Decides and The Chaser’s War on Everything, the... read more

Richard Harland: Award-winning fantasy author

Twelve years ago Richard Harland left his job as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong to write full-time. Since then he has published 15 novels and has just scored a big US publishing deal for his latest book, Worldshaker. He has written fantasy for all age levels... read more

Louise Bagshawe: Internationally best-selling author

Louise Bagshawe is the author 12 international bestsellers including Tuesday’s Child, Glamour, Glitz and her most recent Passion. She is also a parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party and an advocate for many charities supporting victims of HIV/AIDS, the homeless and children. From a young age she had... read more

Sydney Bauer: Award-winning author of crime fiction

Sydney Bauer is the author of the crime series featuring Boston based criminal attorney David Cavanagh. Her debut novel Undertow, also the first novel in the series, was published in 2006 and won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for the best crime novel by an Australian Woman. Since then... read more

Maree Giles: Author and journalist

Maree Giles’ debut novel, Invisible Thread, is a semi-autobiographical account of life for a young girl in the Gunyah Training School for Girls in 1970. Despite its sometimes harrowing story, it received rave reviews and Maree has since written two more literary novels - The Past is a Secret Country... read more

Janeen Brian: Award-winning author

Janeen Brian is an award-winning author of more than 65 books – including picture books, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and novels for young people and the educational market. Some of her more well-know children’s books are Where does Thursday go?, Hoosh! Camels in Australia and Pilawuk:  When... read more

Patti Miller: AWC presenter and memoir author

Patti miller is an author and writing teacher. She has written five books including two on the process of life writing. These are Writing Your Life and The Memoir Book. She has been teaching life writing throughout Australia and overseas for over 15 years and teaches regularly at the Australian... read more

Michelle Bridges: Fitness instructor and author

Michelle Bridges is a personal trainer and fitness instructor, most notably as the Red Team trainer on Channel 10’s The Biggest Loser, and is the author of eight best-selling books. Her latest from Penguin Books is Crunch Time: Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off followed by Crunch... read more

Annette Hughes: Memoir author and former literary agent

Annette Hughes wanted to be an artist, but married an art dealer and the art world instead. After the marriage failed, she went into book publishing with an independent small publisher, then moved on to become first a theatrical agent, then a literary agent, mentored by veteran literary agent Rose... read more