About Us

Christian Writers Dowunder is aimed at Christians writers (and those associated with writing field, e.g. editors, illustrators, reviewers and publishers) who live in Australasia. We have a dedicated team of regular and guest bloggers.

In 2015, Christian Writers Dowunder in conjunction with By the Light Books published Glimpses of Light anthology.

CWD Admin Team

Jeanette (Jenny) O’Hagan


Jeanette O’Hagan enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing. She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in a number of anthologies including Glimpses of Light, Another Time Another Place and Like a Girl. Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master’s in writing. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends, pondering the meaning of life and communicating God’s great love. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

Website: jeanetteohagan.com
Website: jennysthread.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JeanetteOHaganAuthorAndSpeaker
Tuesday Spotlight: http://christianwritersdownunder.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/tuesday-spotlight-jeanette-ohagan.html

Anusha Atukorala


Anusha Atukorala is a writer and speaker with a song in her heart and a message to proclaim. She’s passionate about Jesus, love, life, family, friendship and the beauty of God’s creation. Her first book Enjoying the Journey is a collection of little God thoughts from everyday life. Please check her website for her weekly blog, Dancing in the Rain.

Email: anusha.atukorala@gmail.com
Website: anusha-atukorala.webnode.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Enjoying-the-Journey-by-Anusha-Atukorala-147587801967379/

Paula Vince


Paula Vince is an author, blogger, reader, reviewer and mother of three. She writes contemporary, inspirational fiction, using her beautiful Adelaide Hills environment as the setting. Her novel, Picking up the Pieces won the religious fiction section of the International Book Awards in 2011, and Best Forgotten was winner of the CALEB prize the same year. She is also one of the four authors of The Greenfield Legacy, Australia's first and only collaborated Christian novel.

Email: paulavince@internode.on.net
Website: www.vincereview.blogspot.com.au


CWD Bloggers


Mazzy Adams

Mazzy Adams is an Australian wife, mother, grandmother, creative and academic writing tutor and published author with a passion for words, pictures and the positive potential in people.

Website: www.mazzyadams.com
Email: maz@mazzyadams.com

Anusha Atukorala

Anusha Atukorala is on the admin team for Christian Writers Downunder. (See above for bio and links)

Susan Barnes

Susan Barnes started writing devotional articles in 1988. These devotional thoughts have been published in a variety of settings such as church newsletters. Over the last two years she has had 50 of her devotionals appear in FaithWriters Great Multitude Christian Daily Devotional which is on over 22,000 websites/blogs plus 15,000 are sent out by email and Twitter each day. Susan's writing reflects her belief that faith must be relevant to everyday life. She is currently working on a book which has grown out of the ideas in her devotionals.

Blog: http://abooklook.blogspot.com.au
Website: http://www.susanbarneswriter.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/susanannebarneswriter

Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word. She is the author of six published novels and one non-fiction work, Soul Friend. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three children and four grandchildren.

Website: www.jo-anneberthelsen.com
Blog: www.joanneberthelsen.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/joanne.berthelsen

Ruth Bonetti


Website: www.ruthbonetti.com

Shane Brigg

On Facebook:
www.facebook.com/shane.brigg.3
www.facebook.com/groups/Momentum.UniConnect/
www.facebook.com/groups/MOSAIC.UniSC/

Robyn Campbell

Robyn Campbell
Children's author/poet
Giggles, guffaws, and sidesplitting fiction for kids

Website: robyncampbell.com
Twitter: @authorswrite

Adam David Collings

Adam David Collings is an author of speculative fiction. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife Linda and his two children. Adam draws inspiration for his stories from his over-active imagination, his life experiences, and his faith. His fantasy story "Lynessa’s Curse" was included in Medieval Mars: The Anthology; and his sci-fi story "A Light to My Path" was included in Glimpses of Light.

Website: http://www.adamdavidcollings.com
Email List (free story): http://eepurl.com/BjS5z
Youtube Show (Stories): https://www.youtube.com/user/collingsshow

Helen Curtis


Rose Dee


Lynn Fowler


Elaine Fraser


Rita Galieh

As a historical romance author, Rita Galieh also co-presents a Christian FM radio program broadcast Australia-wide. And along with her first book, Fire in the Rock, with its setting in the opal fields, she has published a Victoriana Trilogy -Signed Sealed Delivered; The Tie That Binds; A Parcel of Promises. This inspired her, along with her husband, to perform at various functions a fun presentation of Victorian Etiquette given as a governess in costume. Her next book, Miss Kate's Great Expectations, is ready for publication. She has also contributed to several anthologies published in the US with Adams Media. She has one son, a violinist, who sometimes accompanies his parents at Christian services.

Website: www.ritastellapress.com
Website: www.ritastellagalieh.com


Melissa Gijsbers



Jenny Glazebrook

Jenny Glazebrook loves writing inspirational Christian fiction for young adults. She is the wife of Rob Glazebrook and the mother of Micah, Merridy, Clarity and Amelia. They live in the country town of Gundagai with lots of pets. Jenny is the author of 7 published novels including her Aussie Sky Series. Jenny is a primary school chaplain, enjoys inspirational speaking, and is passionate about sharing her writing knowledge and experience and encouraging others in their walk with Jesus.

Website: www.jennyglazebrook.com

Jeanette Grant-Thomson


Elizabeth (Buffy) Greentree 

Buffy Greentree is originally from Melbourne, but now lives in sunny Brisbane with Akita, her Alaskan malamute. Both of them love the sun, but aren't so sure about the humidity. As with her university degrees and employment history, Buffy's writing shows her love of variety. Having published two non-fictions and a Christian chic-lit serial, she's currently editing a historic drama, a romance, a YA and another non-fiction work. There might also be a theology PhD coming into the mix soon; she just hopes she doesn't accidentally get it mixed up with the romance.

Website: www.facebook.com/BuffyGreentree/
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/buffygreentree

Josephine-Anne Griffiths

Josephine-Anne Griffiths previously worked in the field of finance and administration. Once early retirement became necessary, and having always been an avid reader and passionate writer, the next step became logical. She is currently working on a fictional memoir Charlie Dreams and a small book of inspirations, yet to be given a title. She has tried her hand at short story writing and more recently poetry, in addition to inspirational, narrative non-fiction. Josephine-Anne, fondly known as Jo’Anne, is married to Leon. They have six children and six grandchildren between them. You will find Jo’Anne either lost within a book, behind her keyboard or in her garden day-dreaming.

Email: JosephineAnneGriffiths@gmail.com
Website: www.https://josephineannewrites.com//
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JosephineAnneWrites

Pamela Heemskerk


Charis Joy Jackson

Charis Joy Jackson is working as a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) a non-profit organization & is part of The Initiative Production Company. By day she makes movies and by night she spins magical tales. She loves creating stories & is currently writing a novel, which she hopes to create into a seven part series.

Website: www.charisjoyjackson.com/story.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charisjjackson/

Sue Jeffrey


Melinda Jensen

Melinda Jensen is a writer concerned with social justice, spirituality, the environment, and equality. She authors a blog on domestic abuse, particularly as it pertains to its psychological and emotional effects. Over the years she has had a smattering of short stories and poetry published in national magazines and anthologies. At the moment she is working on two fantasy novels with environmental themes, both aimed at middle school readers.

Blog: www.killingmesoftly.co

Adele Jones


Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy has had a TV show concept optioned by Matchbox Pictures. He has written several feature film scripts and his YouTube channel, Songs with Simon, has over fifteen million hits. In 2014, he served as a Development Executive in an international film competition and won first prize in the John Shaw Neilson category of Fellowship of Australian Writers’ National Literary Awards. Simon is the current president of Omega Writers.

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SongsWithSimon
Website: www.songswithsimon.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/songswithsimon/

Margaret Lepke

Margaret Lepke lives in a rural village near Sydney. Her writing is defined by her love for Jesus, biblical studies, and her work as a counsellor, mediator, naturopath and educator. She loves meeting new people and enjoys anything to do with computers, design and books. Her writing projects include professional and biblical topics, workshop design and teaching materials, and as a speaker she encourages Christian women with vivid PowerPoint presentations. Together with her husband, Henry, Margaret also manages the content of Biblical Publications, a new hosting platform for Christian eBooks, articles and other resources. Margaret and Henry have been married for 45 years, and their life’s motto hangs on their kitchen wall: ‘Only one life, 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.’

Website: www.drlepke.com.au
Website: www.biblicalpublications.org
Blog: DrMargaretsTreasureChest.blogspot.com.au


Janelle Moore


Jeanette O’Hagan

Jeanette O'Hagan is the current coordinator of Christian Writers Downunder. (See above for bio and links)


Linsey Painter



Nola Passmore

Nola Passmore’s poetry, devotions, inspirational articles, and short fiction have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Although she’s a former academic with qualifications in creative writing, psychology, and Christian ministry; she’s found that you can never underestimate the power of friends and mentors in the writing journey. With ringleader roles in Christian Writers DownunderQuirky Quills and the Toowoomba chapter of Omega Writers, she’ll be nagging (oops, encouraging) other writers for some time. She and her husband Tim have a freelance writing and editing business called The Write Flourish.

Email: nola@thewriteflourish.com.au
Website: http://www.thewriteflourish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWriteFlourish

Cecily Paterson

Cecily Paterson grew up overseas as a third culture kid and now lives with her family in a teeny tiny tourist town in New South Wales. Her memoir, Love Tears & Autism, won third place in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards in 2012. She currently writes warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 10-14. Her first novel, Invisible, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014.

Website: www.cecilypaterson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cecily.paterson.writer/
Website: www.firewheelpress.com

Carol Preston

Carol Preston lives in Wollongong, on the Australian south coast. She is a Psychologist in private practice, and enjoys gardening, bushwalking, spending time with her four grandchildren and researching her family history. Her historical fiction novels are based on her Australian ancestors.

Website: www.carolpreston.com.au
Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/writingtoreach
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/carolpreston

Meredith Resce

South Australian Author, Meredith Resce, has been writing since 1991, and has had
books in the Australian market since 1997. Following the Australian success of her Heart of Green Valley series, they were released in the UK and USA. She recently released her 17th project, Echoes in the Valley. Apart from writing, Meredith also takes the opportunity to speak to groups on issues relevant to relationships and emotional and spiritual growth. Meredith has also been co-writer and co-producer in the 2007 feature film production, Twin Rivers. With her husband, Nick, Meredith has worked in Christian ministry since 1983. Meredith and Nick have three adult children, one daughter and two sons.

Website: www.meredithresce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeredithResceAuthor

Dianne Riley


Dianne Riley has a great love for words, spoken and written. The Significant You and Me, is her first self-published book. Dianne loves to encourage others, to spur them on to love and good works to glorify God. Recently retired from working in customer service, she is hoping to spend more time writing, working on craft projects and doing coffee!

Website: www.dianneriley.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Diannes-books- 118314291553810/

Debbie Roome

Author/Photographer/Speaker

Website: www.debbieroome.com
Blogs: www.debbieroome.blogspot.com
Amazon: Read my books here

Paula Vince

Paula Vince is on the admin team for Christian Writers Downunder. (See above for bio and links).

Jo Wanmer


Author of 'Though the Bud be Bruised'
Winner 'Best Unpublished Adult Fiction' Caleb Awards 2011

Website: www.jo-wanmer.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoWanmer

Christine Wren-James


Guest Bloggers

Ian Acheson

Narelle Atkins

Iola Goulton

Deb Porter