A Melbourne journalist and communication adviser, John spent 25 years on the Melbourne Age, in various positions including chief police reporter, feature writer, sub-editor and editorial training executive. Overseas reporting assignments have taken him to Africa, Europe and Papua New Guinea.
John is a Leadership Victoria Williamson Fellow, an active member of the Melbourne Press Club, and a Quill Awards judge for outstanding journalism.
Fin divides her time between cats and writing. As the owner of a boarding cattery on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes, the former often takes precedence – until the writing takes over.
When (also) not working part-time as a journalist (an actual paid job), her days are spent feeding, grooming and cleaning up after cats. In return she gets plenty of blood-pressure lowering furry-purry hugs.
Vikki Petraitis has been writing true crime since the early 1990s and her best selling book about Frankston serial killer, Paul Denyer, was one of the first books of this kind and widened the readership for true crime stories in Australia. It is being re-released in 2011. A number of Vikki’s true crime stories have been made into TV episodes of Forensic Investigators and Sensing Murder.
Vikki’s latest book is Salvation – the true story of Rod Braybon’s fight for justice which has prompted the Homicide Squad to look into allegations of missing children from the 1950s.
A writer of crime - both fiction and fact - Ruth has a passion for words and their ability to entertain, to reveal the truth and to promote change.
A human rights activist who now lives in Victoria, Ruth spent over a decade in Perth - where she was writer, editor and publisher of a magazine for ten years; and also ran several projects at WA's Bandyup Women’s Prison.
Widely regarded as one of Australia’s foremost true crime writers, Robin Bowles has been investigating the stories behind the headlines for nearly two decades.
In 1996, Robin read a newspaper article about the alleged suicide of country Victorian housewife, Jennifer Tanner. Guessing there might be a bigger truth behind that case, Robin closed her PR business for a year to research and write her first book, Blind Justice.