Tony Braithwaite is married with one daughter and two grandsons who live in Sydney, Australia.
Tony completed various university courses, the highest being a postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science.
Prior to retirement, Tony helped people to overcome unemployment, social, welfare and health concerns.
Will Chenery was born in Newcastle, Australia realising his interest in writing stories and poetry in high school. His desire then was to become a writer and an author, but his life took a different path at that time, with Will leaving school to take up a trade as a motor mechanic. Story writing remained dormant for many years after that, however he Now semi-retired, Will is again enjoying being able to explore his creativity in writing stories.
Jo Brennan studied art, then trained as a triple-certificate nurse. She went with the Church Missionary Society to Tanganyika which became Tanzania, then with SIM to Liberia. Finally, she helped children living on the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and worships at Trinity Chapel, Macquarie University at Marsfield in Sydney.
Mark Wilkinson is a Graphic Designer who runs a small Design Studio in the Rangitikei. He has a beautiful wife and 3 amazing boys who always support him in everything he does. This is Mark's second Children's book and he loves the whole process - from creating and writing the book, to illustrating the characters and the environment they live in. Mark likes all his stories to have a positive message with a bit of humor and lots of colour!
Carlee Yardley grew up in an evangelical Christian home. Her mum and dad, Daryl and Robyn Redford, led Young Life in Melbourne in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s and Carlee saw hundreds of teenagers give their lives to Jesus over those years.
It wasn’t until much later that Carlee realised that God has no grandchildren. It didn’t matter how good her parents were at loving and discipling people, she knew she had to carve out her identity in Christ on her own. Carlee stripped back everything she knew about God and everything she knew about the church and started all over again from the gospels. In the process, this book was born.
Carlee’s desire is that Christians everywhere will truly meet Jesus. Not the halo’ed Jesus the world portays, but the real Jesus of the Bible. The one full of love and forgiveness, who is tough on religious hypocrites and gracious enough to leave his throne to seek and save the lost.
Carlee is a primary school teacher and lives with her husband and four children near the sea in Coffs Harbour. She is happiest when she is surfing or skating with her family, or watching her two dogs wrestle.
Katie Smith trained as a Primary Teacher and later went on to study at Moore Theological College to prepare her for a life of ministry. Katie currently works as the Women’s Minister for her church and has a passion for helping people learn about our great God, all things Royal family related, being creative, reading and drinking coffee/tea with a friend. Katie is married to Cameron and they have 2 wonderful kids together.
Dawn is passionate about reading and writing meaningful stories, whilst raising her three kids, together with her husband in Melbourne. Dawn is a member of Writer’s Victoria and writes regularly on her blog, https://www.creativemama.com.au/aryas-flying-dreams.html. She aspires to empower parents with insights to have fun connecting creatively with their kids.
Josephine Van Den Berg is from the Netherlands and emigrated with her husband and three young children to New Zealand in 1990. She has been working with children for over 28 years and loves story telling.
While weaving facts with fantasy, she always tries to convey the thoughts, understandings and responses of children, into the tale - which often come as a surprise. Usually her stories address various social and cultural issues today’s youth has to deal with - in a positive and engaging way.
All her stories have plots that unfold in an unconventional and surprising way.
Gary Ahern is a children’s book author based in Beaudesert, a country town situated in Queensland, Australia. A retired English/History teacher, Gary is now working in prison ministry as a chaplain.
Having six grandchildren who all enjoy reading about hidden treasure, Gary has put together an amazing story which blends Christian principles with the adventure of a lifetime.
Suitable for all ages from 7 to 70, the tale was written for all those who love a book filled with action, danger and excitement.
Pauline Marshall, a retired teacher and counsellor, lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. She was inspired by a documentary of the dromedary’s comical style of eating to write about the adventures of the bumbling Hannibal and his friends. This is the first of a series. Keep a look out for the sequels and also for her non-fiction book The Fascinating Dromedary.
Ellice Wong is a radiographer living in Melbourne with her family. She became a believer in Jesus through an encounter with the Master Healer during a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction at age 12. She currently attends Planetshakers church and has been a Bible study leader with Bible Study Fellowship for five years. She has a passion to share the Good News of Jesus and disciple new believers.
Liz Askin is Wellington painter and illustrator. She is a portrait and landscape painter working in both oils and watercolour. For a number of years she worked as a Contract Illustrator at the then Correspondence School in Wellington. Illustrating has always been of great interest and the Grandmas book has rekindled the desire for illustration. This book is suited to two to ninety two year olds!