President: Gavin Fisher
Treasurer: Janet Lawless
Secretary: Louisa Wright
Membership Secretary: Jill Smith
Competition Coordinator: Noela Cowell
Newsletter Editor: Noela Cowell
Webmaster: Leah Bunn
General Committee Members: Elena Ornig, Andrew McDermott, Mark Wren and Terry Spring
Read more about some of our committee members
Gavin was born in South Africa. He studied there and worked as an Architect and Project Manager before relocating to New Zealand where he lived for 7 years with his wife and two daughters.
He also enlisted as a volunteer paramedic for several years and served with the National Sea Rescue Institute on numerous rescue missions. Other interests include flying and scuba diving.
Gavin now resides on the Gold Coast with his wife Caroline and currently works for an award-winning construction company as a Contracts Administrator.
Gavin’s début novel Colour of Greed is due to be launched early 2011. He is currently working on his next project.
Favourite Quote: Fiction [fik-shuhn] A literary work that avoids letting the truth get in the way of a good story.
Louisa Wright was born in the UK and migrated to Australia as a single woman almost two years ago. Having always wanted to write a book one day; Australia inspired Louisa to follow her dream and she joined a Creative Writing class at the local TAFE. Louisa made some friends also fellow writers and she began to write her memoir titled Rollercoaster the ride to OZ about her amazing journey both personally and physically to Australia.
Louisa would also like to write her biography then also look at writing in the romance/erotica genre inspired by Fifty shades??!!
Louisa is a qualified trainer and assessor in Business and Information Technology and has worked in vocational education for the last 15 years and currently works for a local training company on the Gold Coast.
Jill Smith is an avid supporter of Gold Coast Writers having been a member for over twenty years. She writes book reviews, articles and interviews. These appear on her blog, http://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com (her other obsession). She also writes stories for children as part of The Ten Penners, a sub-group of Gold Coast Writers. Taking part in school visits for The Ten Penners to showcase the stories in their last book Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. Membership Secretary is a role she provided for four years in a previous stint on the Committee of Gold Coast Writers. This is a temporary duty, she is happy to assist the club.
For twenty-five years as a military wife, Laura lived a nomadic lifestyle in Australia and overseas while homeschooling her aspergers syndrome son. She worked for many years with numbers and then she transitioned to the world of words. Having lost both her parents at a young age, and being raised by an older sibling, she understands the importance of being independent and living a full life. Laura writes contemporary stories about second chances in love and life. She has had many second chances throughout her own journey and expects there will be many more in the future.
She calls the Gold Coast home; however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that inspire her. She is currently working on the sequel to African Hearts.
Terry Spring has ghost-written four books and produced a number of novels, two of which sell in the Longreach Hall of Fame. One has been used as a marketing subject at Griffith University, and a short-story which she re-scripted was produced as a film for a Tropfest Short Film Festival. She sells her books through local book shops, radio interviews and luncheons and gives talks at libraries. She was born, educated and lived in London. She sold her interviews with the stars of the 60’s to London music papers and, having married a musician, raised a family. They migrated to Sydney in the 70’s where she worked in management for global companies as a corporate trainer, writing and producing training films until retirement and a move to the Gold Coast.
Author and Publicious CEO Andrew McDermott (Andy) published his first novel The Tiger Chase in 2002 with an American publisher. He launched the book in San Diego and followed up with a book tour of the US, including the LA China Town and Las Vegas.
On his return to Australia, he became disillusioned with the publishing industry. After being locked into an unproductive contract, earning a tiny percentage of royalties for all his hard work, and not owning any of his rights, he decided to follow the self-publishing route.
From 2005 – 2007 he was the President of The Gold Coast Writers’ Association (of which he is now an honorary lifetime member) and worked closely with like-minded authors, assisting them with their manuscripts and publishing needs.
In 2010, to mark the year of the tiger, he launched the revised self-published edition of The Tiger Chase as a paperback and an ebook, and donated all his royalties to the Save China’s Tigers Foundation. That same year he followed his dream by creating Publicious, a company designed to help self-published authors like himself. His main aim was to create the kind of company he wished had been around when he was starting out and one that would give the many unscrupulous publishing providers that populate the internet a run for their money.
In 2011 he launched his first, and last, children’s book The Last Tiger, in paperback, hardback and ebook.
2014 saw the launch of Murder inQuest, which is the first book in a series of speculative fiction stories featuring The Galactic Knights. That same year he also wrote and published The Publicious Guide to Self-Publishing.
Andy continues to write and is currently working on the third book in The Galactic Knights series and has recently completed a detective novel called Flirting With The Moon to be published soon. He teaches creative writing at the ACE Adult Community Colleges NSW and QLD and is active in the writing community, regularly appearing at writers’ festivals and groups.