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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]GenreCon would like to thank the following writers for being part of the 2017 program:

AIKI FLINTHART has 15 years+ training in the samurai martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido, with cross-training in jujitsu, archery & knife-throwing. She has a successful YA fantasy series (80AD), a fantasy trilogy being released with Clan Destine press 2017, and an urban fantasy trilogy also being released in 2017.

ALEX ADSETT is a literary agent and publishing consultant. As a consultant, Alex offers strategic and commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for all ages, with a focus on SFF, romance, and crime. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.

AMANDA BRIDGEMAN holds a BA in Communication Studies (Film & Television/Creative Writing) from Murdoch University. She’s released six books in the Aurora series. Aurora: Meridian (Aurora 3) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her new book The Time of the Stripes will be released 29th November.

AMANDA PILLAR is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Australia, with her husband and two cats. Amanda is the author of the Graced series. Amanda has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited six fiction anthologies and solo-edited two: Bloodstones and Bloodlines. She works as an archaeologist.

ANGELA MEYER is a commissioning editor for Echo (Bonnier Publishing Australia). Her own work has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, Cordite, the Australian, The Lifted Brow, and Killings. She is the author of Captives (Inkerman & Blunt).

Queenslander ANNA CAMPBELL has written 10 historical romances for HarperCollins and Harlequin Australia, as well as 15 bestselling independently published novellas. Her work is published internationally, including in North America, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan. Anna has won numerous awards for her sweeping, emotional stories set in the early19th century.

Award-winning Melbourne writer ANNE GRACIE started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world. She’s now working on her 20th book. A nationally bestselling author in the USA, her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Anne is an experienced and popular presenter.

BELINDA POLLARD is an award-winning former journalist who loves mountain hiking despite bad knees and a fear of heights. She has been a professional writer and book editor for decades, and a contributor to the British Closer to God series since 1999.

BROOKE MAGGS is a freelance fiction writer and narrative designer. She received the MCV Pacific XBOX Women in Games Creative Impact award for her work in the games industry. Her recent projects include a science fiction novel and The Gardens Between, an adventure puzzle game, is on display at the Code Breakers exhibition at the ACMI.

CATHERINE SHRUBSOLE is passionate about talent management. Her career as an HR consultant, researcher, writer and speaker spans over 20 years. Catherine holds a BCom and a BA(Hons) in psychology from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Employment Relations. When she’s not collaborating on creative people initiatives, Catherine inhabits the world of her speculative short stories.

CHARLOTTE NASH is the bestselling author of five contemporary romance novels, and has been nominated for Ditmar and Aurealis awards for her speculative fiction. She began writing after stints as a medical student, research engineer, and incident investigator, and is currently studying how neuroscience can inform creative writing for her PhD.

A young-at-heart story hunter, CHERYSE DURRANT wrote for newspapers and magazines for 20 years before discovering a wormhole into the world of fantasy. This nationally-shortlisted YA and picture book author has now turned her hand to children’s fantasy with the magical novels Goldfire and Gateway to the Great Sphinx both to be launched in 2017.

C.A. LARMER is the author of 11 books, including a non-fiction book on Papua New Guinea and ten self-published novels. She is a longtime editor, journalist, blogger and self-publishing teacher. With sales in excess of 50,000 e-books, Christina’s Amazon best-selling ‘cozy’ mysteries include The Agatha Christie Book Club and Ghostwriter Mystery Series.

CHRISTINE WELLS is the author of two dual timeline novels, The Traitor’s Girl and The Wife’s Tale, for Penguin Australia and ten historical romances for New York publishers Penguin and St. Martin’s Press. She is a Golden Heart winner and two-time RITA nominee and lives in Brisbane, Australia.

DANIELLE CLODE writes about whales, bushfires and French explorers. Her books have won a Victorian Premier’s Award and been commended by the Whitley and CBCA Awards. Her next book is a nature-writing biography, followed by her third children’s book on Australian fossils.

EMILY LIGHEZZOLO works at children’s publisher, Wombat Books, and its older reader imprint, Rhiza Press, as their Editor and Publicity Coordinator. She is passionate about Australian literature and is always on the lookout for the next story to share.

FOZ MEADOWS is a genderqueer author, fanwriter, critic and poet working predominantly in SFF. Her latest novels, An Accident of Stars and A Tyranny of Queens, are both from Angry Robot. Foz is a two-time Best Fan Writer nominee for the Hugo and Ditmar Awards. She currently lives in Brisbane.

GARY KEMBLE‘s genre-bending supernatural crime novels Skin Deep and Bad Blood are published by Echo Publishing. When he’s not thinking of demons, Gary works for ABC News as a social media specialist.

HADLEY is a Brisbane based crime writer. In 2016 he was accepted into the Hardcopy manuscript development program to workshop his novel Grim Harvest. He was the manager of Black Cat Books & Café, and currently works in copyright licensing for a major publishing project within the QLD government.

JO CHIPPERFIELD works in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University and is a writing consultant at Varuna House. She has completed a non-fiction work based on her PhD research into the murder of a 1920s police constable, and is currently working on a detective novel set in 1920s London.

JODI MCALISTER wears two hats. Firstly, she is an author: her debut YA novel Valentine was published by Penguin Teen Australia in January 2017, and the sequel Ironheart will follow in January 2018. Secondly, she is an academic, working across literary studies, history, and cultural studies. Her research interests include the history of love, the history of sex, and the history of popular fiction and culture.

JOSH MELICAN is originally from country Victoria, now based in Melbourne. He writes speculative fiction which blends Fantasy and Sci-Fi. His short fiction has appeared in Australian markets, including Aurealis Magazine. You can reach him on Twitter @jmmelican

KAREN BEILHARZ is a Sydney-based writer, editor and comics creator, best known for her work on Kinds of Blue (an anthology about depression), Eternal Life (a science fiction graphic novel) and Monsters (an anthology for kids about fear). She is a Twitter addict and an avid knitter.

KAT CLAY is the author of novella Double Exposure. This year, her unpublished novel Victorianoir was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Her work has been published in Weird Fiction Review, SQ Mag and The Victorian Writer.

KATE CUTHBERT is Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, the digital-first imprint of Harlequin Australia that she established in 2012. When Kate is not reading manuscripts, she is working on her PhD, tweeting about grammar, and probably procrasti-baking.

KATHLEEN JENNINGS is a writer and illustrator from Brisbane, Australia. Her short stories and comics have appeared in anthologies from Candlewick Press, FableCroft Publishing and Ticonderoga Publications, as well as in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

KIM WILKINS (also Kimberley Freeman) has published 30 book-length works of fiction. She writes across genres and is also an academic at University of Queensland, where she runs the Writing, Editing, and Publishing postgraduate program. She is a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council project “Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the 21st Century”.

KYLIE SCOTT is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages.

LISA L. HANNETT has had over 65 short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, The Dark, Weird Tales, and Year’s Bests in Australia, Canada, and the US. She’s won four Aurealis Awards, and her first collection was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her first novel, Lament for the Afterlife, was published in 2015.

MARK LINGANE is a multi-award winning SF author whose work is studied at school and university. He has written in many industries and formats, from technology newspaper columns to research papers for international organisations, corporations and governments, and has forged a career based upon writing.

MEG VANN is an emerging crime thriller writer who founded the renewed Queensland chapter of Sisters in Crime and is a board member of the Australian Crime Writers Association. Meg is the former CEO of Queensland Writers Centre, and is studying an MPhil Creative Writing at The University of Queensland.

MICHELLE E. GOLDSMITH is a Melbourne-based author whose short fiction has appeared in various publications both within Australia and overseas. She has a BSc and a Masters degree in Publishing and Communications. She is currently undertaking a PhD. Her work has been short-listed for both the Aurealis Award and the Ditmar Award.

NARRELLE M. HARRIS writes crime, horror, fantasy and romance. Her 30+ novels and short stories include vampire novels, erotic spy adventures, queer romance, traditional Holmesian mysteries, and the Holmes/Watson romance The Adventure of the Colonial Boy. Queer paranormal thriller-romance, Ravenfall, was released in 2017. Find out more at:

NATHAN M. FARRUGIA is the author of Helix, the episodic cyberpunk thriller series. He is known for placing himself in dangerous situations, including being hunted by special forces trackers. He studies Systema, a Russian martial art, and is a former recon soldier trained by USMC, SEAL team, Spetsnaz and Defence Intelligence instructors.

REBECCA-ANNE DO ROZARIO is a lecturer at Monash University, teaching fairy tales, children’s and speculative fiction. She has published scholarly pieces about Wizard Rock, Disney princesses, pantomimes, French musicals, picture books, Australian fairy tales etc, and the odd short story in such magazines as Aurealis and Scheherezade’s Bequest. She has even published the odd knitting pattern.

REBEKAH TURNER enjoys writing fantasy for all ages. She is the author of the Chronicles of Applecross books (Chaos Born, Chaos Bound, Chaos Broken), the urban fantasy Bite Deep and YA sci-fi Threader (Harlequin Teen). She rides a motorbike called Betty and has an unhealthy passion for 90s action movies.

RENÉE DAHLIA is a romance writer who loves feisty women and strong, clever men. She has a science degree in physics, and works in the horse racing industry doing data analysis. She writes for two racing publications.

ROWENA SPECHT-WHYTE worked as a lawyer for ten years, while writing music and stories. She is studying a Masters degree in Communication for Social Change, exploring the ability of speculative fiction in all media to empower the voice of marginalised people. Rowena had her first short story published in 2012.

Writing seven thrillers, three romances, a quirky women’s fiction, newspaper columns and award-winning short stories, as well as organising a writers festival for eleven years, has been easier for SANDY CURTIS than trying to keep her wayward health under control. She’s yet to find a remedy for her lack of height.

SHONA HUSK is the author of the Blood and Silver, Court of Annwyn and the Face the Music series. You can find out more information about Shona at www.shonahusk.com or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk, or Facebook

STEVE P. VINCENT is the author of the Jack Emery political thriller series. He has a career as a policy advisor, a thesis on global terrorism and training from the FBI in his conspiracy kit bag. Steve is also an ITW member and contributing editor at The Big Thrill Magazine.

TANSY RAYNER ROBERTS is an SFF writer, Hugo award-winning podcaster and pop culture critic. She has a PhD in Classics and an obsession with Musketeers. You can listen to Tansy at Galactic Suburbia, Verity, & Sheep Might Fly. She also writes cozy cake-themed crime as Livia Day.

TEHANI CROFT was a founding member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine in 2001 and started FableCroft Publishing in 2010. She has judged for the Aurealis Awards, CBCA Book of the Year and the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and writes reviews, non-fiction and interviews. In her spare moments, she works as a lecturer in Teacher Librarianship.

TRENT JAMIESON is the multi-award winning author of Day Boy, the Death Works series, and the Nightbound Land Duology. He is a current recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship working on his new novel The Stone Road, and a secret picture book project. He also works at Avid Reader Bookshop.

ZAIDE BISHOP (aka Talitha Kalago) writes spec fic romance. Her new trilogy, Bones of Eden, was released in July 2017 through Harlequin. Between her two pen names and nonfiction writing, Zaide wrote over 650, 000 words and edited more than 1000 pages in 2016. She expects to top that in 2017.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]