Our Authors

James Crouch

"Norm - Bomber Command"

James was a war baby. Born in August 1944, in the then Bomber Command County of Lincolnshire, England. He emigrated to Australia in January 1946 with his English mother. His father Norm got a job as a pilot with Trans Australia Airways (TAA) and James’ young life was spent moving from city to city as his father was transferred with his work. From Sydney to Brisbane to Melbourne to Sydney and finally back to Melbourne, James saw many schools as he grew up. He joined TAA as a Dispatch Officer and stayed for 21 years. His time with TAA included a posting to Goroka in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. A most beautiful place with a perfect climate. In 1987, as he tired of the shift work, James resigned and ventured into small business buying the local Produce store and Saddlery. In 1974, he married Margaret Challons who was also a Dispatch Officer with TAA. They bought a second Produce Store and Saddlery in Whittlesea. After 15 years they sold the stores and tried other small business ventures finishing with a bakery. They recently retired and have four adult children and nine Grandchildren. James had major surgery for prostate cancer in November 2019 with follow up radiation and is doing well. His interests are his family, the Collingwood AFL team, aviation and he keeps a cautious eye on politics.

‘My father joined Bomber Command in 1941 and was one of few to survive. Not only did he survive, his war was an adventure and he brought home a family. His welcome home was very poor, as it was for the Vietnam veterans many years later. These events are now 75 years old but still worth telling.’

Norm – Bomber Command is James’ first book.

Hannah-Jade Keppler

"The Super-Dooper Not Real Diary of 12-year-old Delilah Darkleen"

Hannah-Jade is the author of this middle-grade fiction book about the delightful Delilah Darkleen. 

She's a singer, actress and now a soon-to-be-published author.

lisa wolstenholme

'The Sunrise Girl' and 'The Wash'

Lisa is a multi-published author of women's fiction stories. She writes predominantly about loss and life with a dash of love sometimes thrown in for good measure.

Lisa is on the board of management for the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre in WA and also runs their publishing service, Wild Weeds Press.

She is the co-director of Footprints Publishing and spends far too much time playing around with cover designs, book interiors and spreadsheets.

When not loitering around the Perth Hills, she can be found writing stories where a main character usually dies, and drinks more SSB than is good for her.

Find at more about Lisa's authorship at www.lisawolstenholme.com. 

Rob Craggs

"Moving to Chulsa"

Rob Craggs was born in London in 1958, cutting his teeth on the working-class streets before finding escape in hairdressing with the promise of… well, something better than council estate life.

But if dealing with mixed-race issues in the playground wasn’t enough, new issues cropped up while trying to find his place, in what was then an effeminate industry, revelling in sex, drugs and rock-n-roll.

After many years and life-lessons, confidence and curiosity were developing, until one fateful day on 2nd January 1986, Rob arranged two appointments; with an accountant and a church minister. He had decided to start his own business and had become interested in God.

His direction changed dramatically. He put on the Christian badge and arranged his life to match but the real inner spiritual work wasn’t as simple as that. It would prove to be messy and painful.

Despite building a successful business, Rob had many demons to face. After several bouts of anxiety, he realised the need for catharsis and healing and concluded that writing a memoir might help.

‘I’d always been a storyteller but many of my stories were too adult for my kids, I had to wait until they were adults before writing the whole story; the result being ‘Moving To Chulsa’, which, I’m pleased to say, has been nominated for the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.’

Today, Rob loves styling hair in his home salon and spending time with his family both in Australia and the UK. He also loves brewing beer, running, walking and taking cold showers.

His Christian faith continues to grow but he no longer wears a badge and he still swears a bit too much!

Rob is a member of The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre where he occasionally attends workshops. He is currently working on his next book.

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