President: Andy McDermott
Secretary: Debbie Marks
Treasurer: Jen Swenson
Membership Secretary: Jackie Moore
Newsletter Editor: Kerri Yarsley
General Committee Members: David Kay
Jen Swenson is a community-hearted accountant specialising in Not for Profits. She has a passion for writing books & resources centring around personal development, her first being a fun children’s story entitled “Goldie the Unchicken”.
Jackie has enjoyed several varied chapters in her life.
She began her professional career as a skincare 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.
Born 1937 in the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness on the border of the English Lake District; David played soccer and cricket in the local leagues and saxophone and clarinet in the Palais Big Bands. He was an engineer in the Merchant Navy before driving overland in an Ambulance to India with three companions in 1964; a ship to Singapore, a flight to Darwin and David found work as a construction fitter on Koolan Island in Yampi Sound. Then four months Opal mining in Andamooka before backpacking around the rest of the continent. David and his wife Patricia worked in New Zealand, South Africa and Sydney before settling with their son and daughter on the Gold Coast in1979. They sold their business in 1995 and travelled around Australia for nine months, then Europe, Turkey, the USA and Canada before settling back on the coast.
David studied genealogy in his retirement, and he passed a professional writing course at U3A Broadbeach. DNA ascertained his ancestors dated back to the Norse Viking immigration of the Lake District and this was the inspiration for his first fiction novel The Sword of Saint Isidores. Norse and Gypsy Mythology and English Folklore became a feature of his novels and ‘Why did you kill off Ragnarr?’ by annoyed readers led to the introduction of Viking reincarnation in books 2 and 3 of the series, ‘Circles of Time’.
Book 2 ‘The Ring of Mann’ introduces the clandestine monks of Furness Abbey, the investigative monks of the Knights Templar, and the rule of King Charles II, racehorses and Quakerism. Book 3 ‘The Inscription’ jumps to the 19th century and the early rule of Queen Victoria, but the lingering curse of Freydis is never far away.
After the initial self-publishing in 2007, David joined Kobo eBooks on their inception in 2010.