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Inspirational Gold Coast Writers meeting today…

Today was a wonderful Gold Coast Writers meeting. I’ll have a write up of the days notes shortly but till then I’ll tell you a bit about the speakers.

Candice Lemon-Scott is an award winning author and owner of Big B Books a second hand book shop in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. She’s been a friend and supporter of local authors.

Candice is an award-winning, Queensland-based Australian author, editor and presenter. She has published 13 books for children, and written one for adults and her books have been published in Australia, the US, the UK and China. Her quirky style, fast-paced narratives and originality appeal to young readers in particular. Her newest release Ocean Warriors: Rise of the Robo-Shark will be out with Storytorch Press in March 2022 is now available for pre-order.

Candice loves wildlife and animals and has always been surrounded by a range of pets throughout her life, including dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, birds (including a duck) and various lizards. She was first moved to write her latest series, Eco Rangers, after helping with a couple of koala rescues from her own backyard. The first book Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril was an Honor Book Award winner in the Green Earth Book Award and her second book Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem was shortlisted in the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award for Children’s Literature. She continues to be inspired by her own children, who love and care for nature and wildlife. A trained wildlife carer, Candice enjoys writing about the adventures of the young Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay. It is her second book series.

The first,  Jake in Space, a six-book series of space adventure stories about turbo space cars, hurtling asteroids and evil villains, also with New Frontier Publishing. You can visit the website here. The first title, Jake in Space: Moon Attack was listed in the Herald Sun 12 Books Children Will Love this Christmas 2014.

She has two other titles published with New Frontier Publishing’s Little Rocket series for children ‘Silver the Silly Sorcerer’ and ‘Hubert and the Magic Glasses’ which was chosen as a best new release title by the ABA (Australian Booksellers Association). She also published a Pearson Education fiction title The Day the Energies Saved the World in November 2013, which was a winning title in the EPAA (Educational Publishing Australia Awards) 2014 in the category of best primary resource.

Candice’s adult novel Unloched, that received a commendation for an unpublished manuscript in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2007, is published with Odyssey Books.  Her young adult novel ‘Clearwing’ received a highly commended placing in the 2015 CYA Conference competition for published authors. The following year Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril and Rick and the Robo-Shark were also highly commended.

Her first book for children ‘Stinky Ferret & the JJs’ was published in May 2008. It was chosen as a best new release by Australian Standing Orders (ASO) and as a result was reprinted in the first month of publication.

Her children’s books have also been selected as titles in the Premier’s Reading Challenge and have been chosen as Lexile book  readers and as Lamont Books reads. Her quirky style, fast-paced narrative and originality appeals to reluctant boy readers in particular.

Candice has had articles published for Web Child and Melbourne’s Child (syndicated nationally). The June 2009 edition she featured in was awarded a Silver Medal in the PPA Awards for articles on diversity, difference & diagnosis. She has also had articles/interviews published with Parenting ExpressShe’s Self-Employed, My Child Magazine and Sunny Days Magazine, here and here.

She has a Bachelor of Communication / Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) gained through Monash University and Chisholm Institute, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Following several years working in the media, Candice now devotes her time to her writing. She also runs an editing and manuscript development service. She currently serves as a Role Model for the Books in Homes literacy program and as an Ambassador for Australia Reads.

Judy Wollin is a recent addition to The Ten Penners sub group of Gold Coast Writers. She is a competent speaker and shared her writing journey to date. It was informative and she offered great suggestions I’ll be taking on board. She also writes book reviews.

This is her Biography:

Judy Wollin – My Work

I write children’s books. Currently I am working on a six-book series of action adventure stories for 8-10 year olds.

I love stories based on real-life, where the characters face personal challenges they must overcome to win through. Book written by other authors I have read recently and enjoyed include: The First Third by Will Kostakis, and Between Us by Clare Atkins.

I was born and raised in Melbourne and have lived on the Gold Coast for 10 years. I lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates between 2006-2010 and continue to visit annually.

I studied at Gippsland CAE and QUT culminating in being awarded a PhD in 1998. I have worked at QUT and Griffith Universities and managed a Registered Training Organisation in Logan. I have written academic and research papers and non-fiction textbook chapters.

I won an essay competition as a five-year-old (Mum helped) and again in Year 11. In 1998 I won Best Paper in Education in Multiple Sclerosis at the Annual Meeting of Consortium of MS Centers USA.

I am passionate about education and ‘getting people reading’. I write children’s books in the hope that I can play my part in preventing low literacy in young people and adults.

Me in my The Ten Penners shirt

I will write a summary of today’s meeting as I’m scribe this month for those members of The Ten Penners who couldn’t get there. Michelle Calder and Louisa Wright did join me on the Children’s writers table. I could have easily sat on the Young Adults or Sci-Fi tables, as Judy told me she does.

What I have learnt over the last twenty six years as a member of this group is that you can never stop learning, sharing your knowledge or enjoying what others have to say about books and writing.

So with that fellow creatives, I wish you good night. (It’s the next day already) – Jill

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