James B. Clifton was born in Derby, Australia and now lives at Golden Beach. He has lived in the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea and worked as a psychiatric nurse, photographer, labourer, hotelier, trainer, acupuncturist, natural therapist, and director of human resources for an international hotel chain. James earned a degree in Communications, Journalism, and Creative Writing in 2013. His latest novel, My Brother Gun, is an action adventure tale about two brothers growing up amid 1950s Australia who create a bond with Aboriginals while on a journey of self-discovery enhanced by tribal folklore and magic.
Maggie Christensen grew up in Scotland as an only child – thus spending a lot of time alone, she got lost in books or playing with imaginary friends. Attracted by advertisements to ‘Come and Teach in the Sun’, Maggie emigrated to Australia her mid-20s to teach primary school in Sydney. She has also lived in country and coastal New South Wales and worked in teaching and administration in colleges and universities.
Craig Macintyre is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch of Surfriders Foundation Australia. The Sunshine Coast branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point. The foundation's Sunny Coast branch is a group of active volunteers dedicated to the protection and enhancement of local waves and beaches. Craig, a keen surfer, has been a volunteer with the group since 2008.
Author and writing teacher Scott Nicol got off to a great start in his writing career when continually passed English, but failed maths throughout his high school tenure. A 38-year journalistic career included stints with daily newspapers in Bundaberg and on the Sunshine Coast, 10 years with the RACQ as their Media Relations manager and two years editing corporate magazines in London. During his time in the UK Scott took on the role of foreign correspondent in Nigeria, Sweden, Dubai and the United States.
Cam is a long-time Sunshine Coast resident and radio broadcaster who has worked throughout Queensand in his distinguished career including radio stations at Mt Isa, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. He is currently the Drive Time presenter for 104.9 Sunshine FM. He first worked on the Sunshine Coast with Radio 4SS Nambour as a broadcaster and music director from 1985 to 1989. He spent 18 years as a current affairs broadcaster with ABC Coast FM, having started with the then brand-new station in December 1992.