Who is Shooting Star Press

The Editor-in-Chief at Shooting Star is Cath Brinkley, a publisher with years experience in producing books and monographs, who is reallyhappy that at Shooting Star she can focus her attention on creating a space for developing and publishing women and children authors. She has spent time working with AIATSIS at Aboriginal Studies Press. She owns and operates Collaborative Publications, an imprint specialising in nation security and emergency management. Prior to Collaborative Publications Cath worked in the emergency management field working with the Remote Indigenous Communities Advisory Committee, and producing the documentary Worrying for Kiwirrkurra, and publishing related materials. She has experience as the former Director of the (now defunct) National Womens Media Centre, and while at University of NSW was active in Tharunka. For a time she was the Book Reviewer for the Women’s Electoral Lobby, even coordinating one of their conferences in the early 2000s.

Wolfgang Bylsma is our sensational art director, and is responsible for the look and feel of most of our publication list!

He co-founded and manages the multiple award-winning Gestalt Publishing out of Western Australia, specialising in graphic novels, and also serves as Executive Producer on The Deep animated series that is streaming on Netflix around the world.

He brings his 20+ years of experience in design, branding and publishing to Shooting Star and we think the results speak for themselves. Having served as a mentor for the Australian Society of Authors and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Wolf’s passion for creative expression through storytelling is unparalleled, and his skills help underpin Shooting Star’s success.

Katie Taylor is one of Shooting Star’s editors, authors and is also managing Dark Star, our fantasy, sci fi, spec fic and horror division.

She was born in Australia in 1986 and plans to stay alive for as long as possible. She went to Radford College and achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, where she returned to obtain a Master of Information Studies in 2012. She now holds down a “real” job as an archivist.

Katie published her first work, The Land of Bad Fantasy, through Scholastic when she was just 18, and went on to publish The Dark Griffin in Australia and New Zealand five years later. The Griffin’s Flight and The Griffin’s War followed in the same year, and were released in America and Canada in 2011. The Shadow’s HeirThe Shadowed Throne and The Shadow’s Heart have now joined them in both Australia and the US. Katie collects movie soundtracks and keeps pet rats, and isn’t quite as angst-ridden as her books might suggest. She enjoys making (often weird) cuddly toys as a hobby, and sells them privately at conventions. She can now be found on Facebook and Twitter, despite years of vowing never to appear on either. Her achievements so far include being named Young Distinguished Alumni of the Year from the University of Canberra in 2011, winning the Critic’s Award that same year, and being shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards in 2009 for The Dark Griffin.

Dr Gillian Polack is a writer, editor, scholar and teacher. Gillian has taught writing, history and cultural awareness/understanding at the ANU, at various Writers’ Centres and to members of other professional writers’ organisations.She has a PhD in Creative Writing, one in Medieval History and an array of academic publications. Until recently, she researched how writers think of history and how they use it in their fiction, and now she’s working on how other aspects of culture are encoded into novels. She has received two writing fellowships at Varuna, several arts grants, and is in demand at SF conventions because she brings chocolate and because of her food history passion. She is one of only two Australian members of Book View Café and is also a member of The History Girls. She currently lives in Canberra, Australia, which explains everything.

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