President: Gavin Fisher
Treasurer: Janet Lawless
Secretary: Louisa Wright
Membership Secretary: Jill Smith
Competition Coordinator: Noela Cowell
Newsletter Editor: Noela Cowell
Webmaster: Damien Booth
General Committee Members: Leah Bunn, 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.
Noela Cowell – Competition Coordinator & Newsletter Editor
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.
Mark was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His family arrived in 1963 by Ship to Western Australia as 10 pound Poms.
He moved across to Melbourne in 1969, where his Mother (one of Australia’s top A-Grade Female Journalists), married the publisher of her newly written books. Dennis Wren was Managing Director of the Melbourne office of William Heinemann Publishing. He later went out on his own, starting Wren Publishing in 1970, which Mark now owns.
The family also started ‘The Independent’ Newspaper in Hastings, Victoria.
Mark has completed over 12 years of College and University, combined with 37 years as an IT Technician, Printer and Photographer.
He has achieved the highest Printing qualifications attainable in Australia. Apprenticed to Wilke Printers, Mark went on to work for another of Rupert Murdoch’s companies. As a third year Apprentice, he shared a Supervisor position, where over the next decade he participated in the production of over 300 million books and magazines (57 Mast Heads).
Mark wrote a thesis after finishing his Printing Survey Certificate in 1983. This was Published and has been used as an Education tool to this day. Regular articles and photographs have been published with Australian Conservation Foundation, as well as various Magazines and IT Publications over 4 decades.
He has been involved in Conservation circles, and has been a member of the ACF (Australian Conservation Foundation) for over 30 years. Mark is one of the founding members of Green Drinks (GC), now in 60 countries. He is on the Board of the Southport Chamber of Commerce, he is a co-organiser of a small business group with partner Leah, and has been involved with various Charities and Community Groups since 1976.
Mark relocated rom Melbourne to the Gold Coast, in 1991 to become Self-employed.
Mark is equally qualified in ICT, as he is in Printing. He is the proprietor of IPCC (Group of Companies) now trading in 8 Countries.
- Cherri International (Computer Solutions)
- After Dark Digital, Security & Offset Printing
- International Plastic Card Corporation P/L (IPCC)
- Rat Mats (Mouse Pads with Attitude)
- Wren Publishing
After arriving in Australia and meeting her soul mate, Leah Bunn has dived into a world of the unknown, learning about things that she didn’t realise she was passionate about. Rather than walking away, she has taken on each challenge with the intention of learning from each and every lesson. Whether it be business, writing, conservation and/or the environment, it is clear that her life has been turned 180 degrees.
Leah is a co-organiser of Green Drinks (Gold Coast), she is co-organiser to a local small business group on the Gold Coast (as she believes in buy local, support local – whether that be small business or farmers and the like).
She has started writing her first book, and is excited about sharing her story. Leah has a wide variety of skills and attributes, which have assisted her in looking at things both logically, and outside the square box.
Leah works with her partner Mark Wren, within their business’
She has been a member of the Helensvale Writers for a few years, and has been a member of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association for approx. 5 years, joining the Committee of the GCWA in December 2015.
Born and educated in London, England, Terry became a free- lance music journalist, interviewing stars of the day, her articles appearing in music magazines and London papers. In the seventies she migrated with her family and, during her time in Sydney, scripted and produced in-house training films. She now lives on the Gold Coast writing novels and ghost-writing for others. Some of her short stories have won competitions and aired on ABC radio. One became a short movie, which she scripted and produced for the Sydney Tropfest Film Festival. Passionate about history, she has uncovered her ancestors and written an ebook offering time-saving tips, found when researching her huge family tree. Writing has always been in her blood and she adores historical novels and biographies.
Her novel, A Tambo Girl, is based on the true-life of a woman who overcame adversity, living in the early settlement days in outback Queensland. Transported, is the true story of rags to riches – an English convict lad who landed in Sydney in 1825. The meticulous research needed to write books set in the early years of white colonisation of Australia fed this author’s love of things past. In 2010 Griffith University’s International Marketing students had the book Transported as their subject matter.
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.
Damien has a genuine passion for helping and assisting people / business’ with their web sites and social media marketing. Ever since Damien first laid his hands on a keyboard, he hasn’t considered doing anything else.
2009 – 2016 Damien decided it was time to run his own business. Developing and Marketing web sites for small to medium business around Australia. 123 Internet.com.au and 123 Buy.com.au were born over 2 years of hard work and continuous persistence.
Damien has never looked back. He prides himself on helping each and every small to medium business within his portfolio, as well as individuals needing some help with their online presence, reach success.