Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell was born in Wollongong.  After stints as an actress, shop assistant and waitress she turned to journalism, working in Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin before studying writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Shiver was her first book, which was a bestseller in Australia and France and received international critical acclaim. She subsequently wrote Cleave and Love Story and is the anonymous author of The Bride Stripped Bare.

Belinda Alexandra

Belinda Alexandra is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father. She has lived in New York, California, Sydney and Melbourne. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a BA in Asian studies from the University of California. She is currently studying French and jazz ballet while working on her next novel. Belinda lives in Turramurra, Sydney.

Belinda Alexandra’s new novel, Wild Lavender, will be published by HarperCollins in November 2004.

Duncan Ball

Duncan Ball is one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers. Originally from the United States, Duncan came to Australia in 1974 and worked in chemical research for many years. Duncan now works as a full-time writer and lives in Sydney.

Shane Weaver

Born in Blacktown, father of eight and former Australian professional boxing champion Shane Weaver is today the internationally award-winning Creative Director of multinational advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, in Hong Kong.

Gabrielle Lord

Gabrielle Lord's first novel, Fortress, was translated into six languages and made into a successful film.  Since then she has published a number of best-selling novels, including, Lethal Factor, Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing, Death Delights, Feeding the Demons, The Sharp End, Whipping Boy, Tooth and Claw and Jumbo.