ACWA Member Services

Ian grew up in the coastal town of Larne, Northern Ireland. Leaving there at age 18, he went on to serve in the UK's Royal Air Force. A career spanning four decades and multiple conflicts saw him transition from aircraft technician to Intelligence Officer. On "retirement" he relocated, with his Australian wife, to the rural South West of Western Australia. Surrounded by a resident mob of kangaroos, he splits his time between corporate training, keynote speaker engagements and writing. He is currently working on the next novel in the Wright & Tran series of crime thrillers. Come see what's new at

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Ian Andrew is the lead consultant for The Book Reality Experience - a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and established to assist others in harnessing the technologies, formats and concepts of Publish-on-Demand.

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea’s Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller, out January 28th 2015, with Text publishing.

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I am available for talks and panels related to my book and other crime/ thriller books, as well as talks and panels on true crime issues related to forensic psychiatry with respect to women.

I am happy to run workshops on "How to put the Thrill in Thriller": 2-4hour as required.

A writer and editor, Karen began writing for radio in 1987, both commercial and documentary styles. In 2003 Karen studied professional writing and editing, and was mentored by Leone Peguero (Blue Cat Books).
In 2017 Karen explored intuitive writing and finally began the memoir she had believed was too painful to write, ‘Shame, Guilt, and Surviving Martin Bryant.’
Karen’s mission as an editor is to support writers and encourage them to express their voice with passion and vulnerability, to discover that they do have the courage, they might simply have not realised it yet.

Mark's first novel is Amplify, a crime thriller set in the music industry. Its central character is music entrepreneur and former rock band manager Billy Lime. His second novel, a sequel, is Chain Reaction.

Born in the southern English town of Portsmouth, Mark spent his childhood in the Devonshire countryside playing cricket and rugby, watching "Top of the Pops" and cultivating a prolific knowledge of music trivia thanks to punk-era newspapers like the New Musical Express and Melody Maker.

He began his career as a 16-year-old cub reporter and teaboy at The Sidmouth Herald, went on to edit magazines before migrating to Australia after a working holiday took a permanent turn. He has held editorial and publishing roles in major media companies in Australia and the UK, and he spent two years as a journalist in Papua New Guinea. He’s currently CEO of the Australian newspaper industry body, The Newspaper Works.

Mark has also worked in major American companies Gartner Inc. and Dow Jones, launched a dotcom back in the day, is a keen student of psychology and devours crime novels and music biographies. He lives in Sydney with wife Kylie and youngest son Charlie.

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As the chief executive of The Newspapers Works - the newspaper industry association - Mark is an experienced public speaker specialising in the future of the media, media issues, journalism and copyright.

He also has extensive experience in content marketing, technology and the creative process. 

Author of the Amazon best-selling Agatha Christie Book Club series, Christina (C.A.) Larmer is also a journalist, editor, indie publisher and teacher. She grew up in Papua New Guinea, forged her career in London, Los Angeles and New York, and now lives in the Byron hinterland with her musician husband and sons. Christina is passionate about crime fiction and has written 12 books including six in the Ghostwriter Mystery series and A Measure of Papua New Guinea (Focus; 2018). When she’s not creating chaos with her keyboard she can be found immersed in a classic Agatha Christie or the latest Ann Cleeves.

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With 11 best-selling, self-published books under her belt, Christina (C.A.) Larmer is at the forefront of digital publishing and marketing, and is an expert in: * E-BOOKS: editing, designing, formatting and uploading e-books for sale on websites like Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo… * PAPERBACKS: editing, designing, formatting and preparing print-on-demand paperbacks using the global leader CreateSpace, the easiest and most affordable option for indie authors * DIGITAL MARKETING: including setting up author Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites, getting online reviews, and accessing online advertising and promotion

Dawn Meredith was brought up in England, Australia and Norway. She has authored 9 children's books. Letters From the Dead is her debut suspense crime novel. She moved with her family to Northern Tasmania in January 2018 to live on a 100 acre farm. Dawn was a Special Needs Teacher for 28 years, a Secondary School Art and English Teacher, an Animal Wrangler and Trainer for TV and films, a Nursing Assistant in Geriatrics and Disability, a nanny in Norway, worked in a travel agency and secondhand furniture shop. It just goes to show that trying lots of stuff doesn’t hurt at all. Yet there are things she does not understand, such as people who a) don’t like chocolate and b) don’t like books.

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Editing and proofreading, structural analysis, how to make your own blog

Andy Muir is a television screenwriter with credits ranging from Neighbours and Home and Away to comedy series Thank God You’re Here. As a member of the writing team for the hit franchise Underbelly, crime stole his heart. Nominated for an Australian Writers Guild Award for Underbelly Squizzy, he also adapted that TV series for the tie-in novelisation Underbelly Squizzy: The Story of Australia’s First Celebrity Gangster. Originally from Melbourne, he lives in Sydney. His debut crime fiction novel, Something for Nothing, introducing Lachie Munro, was released by Affirm Press in 2017 and was nominated for a Ned Kelly that year for Best Debut.

The follow up Hiding to Nothing will be released in March 2019.

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Available for public speaking

Member of FAW. Had some short stories and poems published. Just self published mystery novel set in Australia, to be the first in a series.

Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

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Michael is available as an after-dinner and corporate speaker talking about his career as an investigative journalist, a ghostwriter to celebrities, psychologists, adventurers, politicans and decorated soldiers, as well as his life as one of Australia's leading crime writers. 

Phillip Strang is the author of fifteen novels in total. The last eleven of the novels are crime thrillers in two series. The first is Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook who's based in London. The second series is Detective Inspector Keith Tremayne who's based in a small town to the west of London, not far from Stonehenge. The author was born in the late forties in England; his childhood years were spent in a small town seventy miles west of London. He has been an avid reader since childhood.

In his early twenties, the author, with a degree in electronics engineering left England for Sydney, Australia. Now, forty years later, he still resides in Australia, although many intervening years spent in a myriad of countries, some calm and safe – others, no more than war zones.

After spending nearly five years in Victoria’s maximum security prison for women, Kerry was released with her Master of Arts (commenced and completed during this period) and was successful in her Candidature for her Doctorate of which she completed in late 2016. She appeared on Australian Story 'The Graduate', and was Story Consultant for Series 1 of 'Wentworth' the remake of Prisoner. In April 2018, Kerry's memoir 'The Prisoner' was released by Penguin Random House.

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Kerry is an accomplished stand-up comedian, key-note and plenary speaker and in demand on the speaking circuit. She is a member of The Australian Speakers Bureau.

Sandi Wallace is an award-winning Australian crime writer – she writes rural crime thrillers and gripping short stories. She has won a host of prizes for her short crime fiction and the Davitt Award Readers’ Choice for her debut novel Tell Me Why, which was also shortlisted for the Davitt Award Best Debut. Into the Fog is Sandi’s third rural crime thriller starring Georgie Harvey and John Franklin set in Victoria, out August 2018. It follows Tell Me Why and Dead Again. Some of her award-winning short fiction is featured in her first collection of short crime On the Job, and she is a contributing author of the anthology Writing the Dream.

Sandi is currently at work on the next instalment in her series, along with a standalone psychological thriller, and she lives in the stunning Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne with her husband.

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Speaking engagements and writing workshops

To book Sandi for writing workshops or speaking engagements including conferences and schools please contact her via