Meet the WRITE-ON team.
It's essential for writers to receive critical feedback on their work, especially during the early development of a new novel.
I'm fortunate to have a group of highly professional Critical Readers on the Write-On team. I'm so grateful to them, for their unbiased comments, and for all the time they spend on the manuscripts.
The Write-On team has made a huge contribution to my writing career and somehow, just saying 'thank you' never seems enough.
Maybe when book sales skyrocket I'll be able to pay them for their time. But for now, thank you, is the best I have to offer.
Thank you team.
Love and gratitude to you all.
The WRITE-ON team members
Having been an avid reader for over thirty years, a ‘cannot put down’ book is one of Sharon Elligett’s great loves. She has developed an appreciation for an authors ability to develop credible characters and circumstances in order to achieve an all consuming work of fiction. While she enjoys a wide range of novels, crime fiction is a particular passion.
Sharon resides in Sydney, Australia, and has held senior managerial roles in multi-site retail businesses, completed several management courses as well as running and managing her own businesses.
Sharon has three children, and besides reading, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Travelling is her great love.
Andy says he was destined to work in the arts, because that's what people in his family do. His relatives are an interesting mix of visual artists, writers, musicians and playwrights. What they lack in stock-market-smarts, they make up for, with creative talent and commitment. Family members have always been Andy's mentors and he's grateful for the hard challenges they set him from an early age.
In addition to teaching English and Drama at an elite secondary school, Andy writes novels and short stories. He gets a buzz from new technology and is an early adopter of most things digital. He watched the growth of eBooks with great interest and his reader is stacked with old favourites. Andy says eBooks have allowed him to unclutter his apartment - big time!
Andy often recommends Suzanne's work to his students. A group of them adapted one of her stories into a one-act play. Andy has been a Critical Reader for seven years and says studying other writers helps him improve his own technique. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is on Andy's Premium-Novel list. Favourite quote: "a child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.” - Groucho Marx
Andy owns a Bernese Mountain Dog named, Cooper, so walking has become a popular pastime. Cooper's official title is Personal Trainer and Life Coach.
Ben is an over forty, but under fifty, aspiring writer, who says he'd like to ditch the wannabe thing and get serious about a writing career.
However, the career change will have to wait for now, because he has important matters like family and micro-farming to focus on. Ben and his family live on a ten-acre property; nestled into the base of the Watagan Mountains, an idyllic part of the New South Wales, Central Coast. The demands of farm-work and full-time, off-farm employment, puts a huge dent in Ben’s personal leisure time, so writing the great Australian novel will have to wait another year.
When asked to describe his work, Ben said he is a sales and marketing 'something-or-other' with a small, but very busy distributing firm. Their specialty is embedded computers. Hi-Tech, military grade, stuff. "Sounds exiting huh?" he says, "It has its moments."
Ben calls his family a cultural soup mix. He’s Dutch, his wife is Australian Aboriginal and his two wonderful teenagers are true blue Aussie kids. Ben says his pale complexion makes it hard for him to compete with his wife's exotic beauty, but he reckons he scores a couple of brownie points for his above average height.
Ben recently completed a college level, Creative Writing course and achieved an outstanding final result. His writing projects included a large number of short stories, magazine articles and essays. He's a ferocious reader; consuming everything from junk mail, Wilbur Smith, C.S. Lewis, Dan Browne and even the Bible, which he values for its historical records and rich text. He also enjoys good movies and wildlife documentaries.