President: Ocean Reeve
Treasurer: Marisa Parker
Secretary: Beverley Streater
Membership secretary: Jackie Moore
Newsletter editor: Kerri Yarsley
General committee members: Kerry Pearmain, Kellie Cox and Luke Amery
Ocean is committed to facilitating the creative process in all who are willing to express themselves through the written word. With the belief that we are all born with a desire to be creative, Ocean operates a defined, dedicated and determined process to bring a book to life and if desired, build a profitable future from this expression of creativity.
Ocean’s 20 year career in the creative arts has been one he has great respect and gratitude for. Following a successful 6 years in Film & Television, Ocean spent a year in nightclub promotion before beginning his publishing road. Beginning as a Digital Production Manager for an educational publisher, Ocean was soon promoted into a sales role which quickly developed into Sales Manager for both the educational and traditional arm of Zenith Publishing Group.
As the internet took its grip over the creative arts industries, Ocean was integral in the development and management of New Zealand’s premier self-publishing house, PublishMe, and following a six month stint as a Radio Host, successfully graduating with a Diploma in Creative Writing, becoming a qualified Workflow Trainer and being nominated and winning two National Awards for Service to Authors, Ocean departed New Zealand to expand his creative reach into Australia.
Six years into his new life in Australia and Ocean has now introduced an established and fruitful marketing platform where authors not only achieve their vision of bringing a book to life, but also promote and market their published works with amazing results. He has played a major role in the birth of InHouse Publishing in Queensland and believes that in this current landscape of creative expression, it is the vision and legacy of the author that has to be the paramount focus.
Marisa’s first book is the award-winning “GOODBYE TO Italia” (2016), a coming of age story of her Italian parents during WW2 in Italy and Africa. The sequel, “Ciao! WE’RE IN AFRICA” (2018) recounts their incredible experiences once married, as they leave Italy in the 1950s, to risk it all in Africa.
Marisa was born in Zimbabwe, Africa. Along with her Scottish husband and two children, they left Africa in 2000 and went to live in New Zealand for six years before moving to Queensland, Australia which is now our home.
Since moving to Australia in 2006, Marisa has undertaken study as a mature-age student whilst working full-time at the University of Southern Queensland. Her Master Degree in Project Management, has been most beneficial in her work environment but also in providing the discipline, to pursue her passion of writing.
As a career public servant, Beverley was a service coordinator, manager and senior advisor in the field of human services, particularly disability services.
She developed a strong appreciation for effective communication within and across organisations – via the web, internally, through social media and face to face. In her corporate role, she designed technical communications (media releases, briefs, speeches) for a range of stakeholders. Beverley was project-lead through a number of organisational changes, where communication was the key to reassuring and retaining affected personnel. She continues to share this expertise by offering assistance to organisations in the area of strategic planning and change management, where effective communication is vital. In recent times, Beverley has turned her attention to looking at the needs of older women, who are approaching the transition to retirement, through her dedicated blog, Classic Women. She writes about relationships, solutions for maintaining fitness and health, and provides inspiring stories about remarkable women who daily balance their roles as mother, daughter, grandmother, partner, friend, volunteer.
As a writer, Beverley currently contributes via her blog, social media, book reviews, and has been published in the online magazine, Broad.
As a freelance editor, she offers encouragement, support, guidance, and editing to local writers.
Beverley volunteers as a local Justice of the Peace, and as Secretary of the GCWA. In her free time, she loves exercising at the Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, reads voraciously, and releases her creative muse through the Palm Beach Stitchers’ Group.
Jackie has enjoyed several varied chapters in her life.
She began her professional career as a skin care therapist in the late 70’s, working with a vibrant team at a renowned health spa in South Africa.
She then changed direction in order to pursue her passion for handwriting analysis and forensic handwriting examination, lecturing and practising in this field for the better part of a decade.
In 2013 she made the decision to leave South Africa in order to relocate to the Gold Coast, Australia.
Today she focuses her energies on her love of words, developing a somewhat dormant talent for creative writing.
To date, she had completed a children’s chapter book, which she hopes to have published soon, as well as several short stories, one of which won the ‘Mona Brand Short Story Commended Award 2015.’ She is currently busy on her second book.
Kerri has spent most of her career in the computer industry, initially as a programmer, then after four kids, she found documenting to be more easily achievable from a home-based office.
English and the written word was not originally a strength, especially coming from a Science background, but it became so after two decades of technical writing.
Kerri’s first book, “The Instruction Manual for Kids – Parent’s Edition”, took twenty-five years to research and twelve months to write. After that, Kerri chose to format and edit the work herself, feeling that she was up to the task, having done it for corporations and governments for years. The book was self-published in 2012 and received a number of really good reviews.
Timing and sudden health issues halted the momentum of the book’s progress and it has laid fairly dormant ever since.
Kerri continues to remain active in the creative writing space through her connection with the GCWA, which she enjoys immensely.
Kerry has spent an extensive career in senior and executive management roles for Federal and State Government Departments and Not for Profit agencies. Her experience covers writing policy, procedure, legal documents, and marketing and communications for disability, family and community services as well as a wide range of community endeavours funded and supported by the West Australian Lottery during her tenure as Director of the Lottery’s funding portfolio. Her subsequent role as Director, Sales and Marketing at Lotterywest included developing promotional strategies for print, television and social media for all of its gaming products.
Writing for business always seemed easy for Kerry but writing and self-publishing her first novel Ever Been Had in 2018 brought new challenges. The desire to write fiction had been with her since childhood but as a sole parent bringing up children and focusing on study and career always took precedence.
Now retired, Kerry has time to indulge in her long-harboured passion – putting words on a page about people and places stoked either by the recollections of others or imagined and shaped by her own experiences.
Kellie Cox is an Australian author indulging her love of fiction, non-fiction and prose. With qualifications in psychology, education, and training she relishes writing about the human condition and vulnerability of the psyche. A therapist, clinical trainer, creative coach and conservationist, she enjoys a dream life on the beautiful Gold Coast. Most days Kellie can be found working with artists in the creative industries or writing her novels, publishing them under her publishing and production arm, Strong Female Protagonists. When not writing, Kellie will most likely be saturating her Instagram account with adorable photos of her German Shepherds. Follow Kellie on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @KellieCoxWriter or @KellieMCox.
Luke Amery was happily working as an “open-cut” miner in Australia when he began struggling with his physical balance and discovered he had been struck with brain cancer. Luke’s book is “Ganbaru Mindset: Do Your Best: Successful Mind Management Through Brain Cancer”. Which discusses the importance of having a strong team behind you during recovery and shares stories that he experienced, and lessons he learned along the way to recovery. This captivating best-selling author found a new joy in helping others achieve their dreams and win, through sometimes horrible circumstances, to rediscover their “mojo” along with their true purpose and passion in life, to succeed and be happy.