Our Members

Our Members

NSW Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

Mark Koehler – Life Story Writing

Mark Koehler – Life Story Writing

Medium: Author/editor, Memoir ghostwriter 
Name: Mark Koehler 

Founder of Life Story Writing and founding member of Life Stories Australia. Widely published, with 30 years’ experience as a journalist, ghostwriter, editor and professional photographer. Mark is thrilled to work with you to bring your memoir to life. He’s the author of ‘Life is a Story – How to Write Your Memoir’ and ‘The Memoir Kit’ (to get you started). He’ll encourage and collaborate with you through the interviewing and editing process to bring out your authentic voice to achieve a quality result.
Location: Shellharbour (Wollongong), NSW
Website: www.lifestorywriting.com.au
Email: mark.koehler@lifestorywriting.com.au

Gabriella Kelly-Davies – Share your Life story

Gabriella Kelly-Davies – Share your Life story

Medium: Life Stories, Memoirs, Biography, Autobiography, Ghostwriting, Family History.
Description: Gabriella can help you share your story with your loved ones and future generations by bringing your memories to life on the page. She has written family histories and life stories, and also business and medical memoirs. She has studied writing at Oxford and Sydney Universities, runs memoir writing groups, and also mentors writers.
Location: Mosman, NSW 2088 (Sydney)
Website: https://www.shareyourlifestory.com.au/
Email: gabriella@shareyourlifestory.com.au
Mobile:  0408 256 381

Felicity Lenehan – A Way With Words

Felicity Lenehan – A Way With Words

Medium: Books, Mixed Media, life story writing kits.
Description: With the aim that everyone should write their life story, Felicity offers affordable, professional options. Felicity can write your life story, with her 30 years of journalist and book writing experience. Or, she offers Life Story Writing Kits, with all the tools needed to write the story yourself, or to record stories with loved ones – for example, grandchildren with grandparents, friends writing shared experiences, a child recording their parent’s story.
Location: North Narrabeen, NSW.
Website: https://www.awaywithwords.net
Email: Felicity@AWayWithWords.net
Mobile:  0403 600 951

Dimity Brassil – A Lasting Tale

Dimity Brassil – A Lasting Tale

Medium: Audio / Private podcast
Description: Dimity is the founder of A Lasting Tale, a professional interview service for people with a lifetime of stories to share. Through detailed research, friendly interviews and high-quality audio production, we capture life stories your way, in your voice.  Think of us like a private, radio-style “this is your life” program, complete with episodes, personalised music selections and interview transcripts. 
Location: Head office Albury-Wodonga, NSW with 45+ interviewers Australia-wide.
Website: www.alastingtale.com
Email: hello@alastingtale.com
Mobile:  0466 810 644

Kerry Little

Kerry Little

Medium: Life stories, memoirs, autobiography, ghost writing, family history
Description: Kerry has been a volunteer for Sacred Heart Hospice for 8 years, capturing the life stores of people at the end of their life. She is empathic and compassionate and ‘holds the spiritual space’ for her clients, as they recall their life events, then adds photographs and documents to give relevance, and historical events to give context. Kerry has also captured the biographies of many nonagenarians and specialises in First Nations truth telling – has produced four books for First Nations Elders.
Location: Dharawal Country – Southern Sydney
Email: littlekerry@bigpond.com
Mobile:  0412148671

NSW Allied Members

Allied members are editors, illustrators, literary agents, publishers, printers and other related occupations supporting life storytelling.

Mike Cavanagh – Magpie Cottage Enterprises

Mike Cavanagh – Magpie Cottage Enterprises

Medium: Books – Mentoring and Editing services
Description: As a multi-published memoirist, Mike believes every person has a life story that’s worth telling. His passion is to encourage, support and guide others to bring their own stories to life; all the way from first hesitant keystrokes, or scrawls on paper, to a polished final published work to be proud of.
Location: Batemans Bay, NSW
Website: https://oneofitslegs.org/
Email: oneofitslegs@gmail.com
Mobile: 0431 427 189

NSW Associate Members

Associate members are emerging life storytellers who are taking a career pause, just starting out or are undertaking voluntary or hobby life story work.

Louise Rosati, hello@thestorycollection.com, www.thestorycollection.com

Katherine Thomas, katherinethomas@me.com

Victoria Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

Gillian Ednie – Your Biography

Gillian Ednie – Your Biography

Medium: Writing/ Books/ eBooks
Description: Your Biography is committed to helping individuals, families and organisations preserve their life stories and values for the benefit of current and future generations. Our goal is to help people record and review the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of their lives, their triumphs and their struggles, and the lessons learned along the way.
Location: Melbourne Victoria
Website: www.yourbiography.com.au
Email: yourbiography@optusnet.com.au
Mobile:  0425 770 605

Ann Bolch – A Story To Tell

Ann Bolch – A Story To Tell

Medium: Writing/ Books/ Photographic
Description: We help writers, business and families tell their stories. Your memoir may be all in your head or you may have been journalling for years. No matter the stage of your story, we help you understand the possibilities and provide a service that responds to your aims, dream and budget. Get in touch to find out how we give voice to people’s stories. 
Location: Woodend Victoria 3442
Website: www.astorytotell.com.au
Email: ann@astorytotell.com.au
Phone:  03 542 73336

Deborah Gough – Stories To Keep

Deborah Gough – Stories To Keep

Medium: Writing/ Books/ Video
Description: Writer and long-time Age journalist, Deborah uses her skills in interviewing, writing and layout to bring memories and life stories into light. From an in depth interview to a hardcover book set in newspaper-style, Stories to Keep will uncover unknown stories from the family vault and present them in a way to keep forever.
Location: Brunswick, Victoria 3056
Website: www.storiestokeep.com.au
Email: storiestokeepmedia@gmail.com
Phone:  0417 336 997

Des Tobin – Killaghy Publishing

Des Tobin – Killaghy Publishing

Medium: Writing and speaking
Description: Des Tobin spent 45 years in funeral service and is a ‘pioneer’ of Australian death and bereavement educational programs. The author of five biographies and an accomplished public speaker, Des is available for speaking engagements and to write life stories for family or commercial distribution. 
Location: Malvern, Victoria 3144
Website: destobin.com.au
Email: destobin@killaghy.com
Phone:  0417 510 211

Sally-Anne Watson Kane – On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading

Sally-Anne Watson Kane – On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading

Medium: Books
Description: Scribing life stories while you speak, face to face or via Zoom/phone. Editing your spoken, handwritten or typed story. Producing your story as a book – including typing, editing, design and self-publishing services. We specialise in producing memoirs that involve First Nations and neurodivergent storytellers, traumatic experiences, and poetry. We welcome storytellers of all abilities, backgrounds and levels of English. 
Location: Moe, Gippsland, Vic. Will travel to Central Victoria and Melbourne.
Website: http://www.ontimetyping.com
Email: info@ontimetyping.com
Phone: 0419 337 824

Lindy Schneider – Writer

Lindy Schneider – Writer

Medium: Print/ Books
Description: Lindy is a freelance writer with a special interest in telling the stories of women, the ordinary and the marginalised. She works with sensitivity and heart to help bring a story to the page – as a writer, ghostwriter and coach – and has experience in self-publishing and book marketing. She has more than 25 years’ experience and a passion for memoir and writing as a method of healing. 
Location: Warburton, Yarra Valley
Website: www.lindyschneider.com.au
Email: lindy@lindyschneider.com.au
Mobile: 0417 365 697

Renée Otmar – writer, editor & coach

Renée Otmar – writer, editor & coach

Medium: writer/ghostwriter/editor (books and blogs) 
Description: Every life has a legacy. Personal, professional and family stories are important opportunities for healing, sharing and documenting our local and national histories. I’ve been a professional writer and editor for 30+ years. I specialise in helping retired professionals and organisations to preserve their legacy and share their contributions with the world: auto/biographies, memoirs, tributes, life stories, anniversaries and service histories.
Location: Mt Duneed, Victoria (Greater Geelong region)
Website: reneeotmar.com.au
Email: writer-editor@reneeotmar.com.au
Mobile: 0409 792 799

Susan Pierotti – Creative Text Solutions

Susan Pierotti – Creative Text Solutions

Medium: Books
Description: Since I sat at the feet of my grandmother and heard the stories of my forebears, I have loved hearing older people describe their lives. I interview, record and write life stories that preserve people’s lives through their own voice, creating a legacy that will live for generations. I edit already written memoirs and can offer self-publishing advice.
Location: Box Hill North, Victoria 3129
Website: www.creativetext.com.au
Email: susan@creativetext.com.au
Phone: 0437 127 159

Sydney Pilcer – Memoirs For You Publishing

Sydney Pilcer – Memoirs For You Publishing

Medium: Life Story Writing, Typesetting and Book Layout
Memoirs For You Publishing turns priceless life stories into beautiful biographical books that can be passed on for generations to come. If you’re looking for that special birthday or anniversary present for a parent, spouse or yourself, invest in a gift that captures the essence of your loved one for all time—an elegant, professionally-bound hardback book based on their stories and photos—that will grace their bookshelf or coffee table for many years.
Location: Caulfield, Victoria 3161
Website: www.memoirsforyou.com.au
Email: sydney@memoirsforyou.com.au
Phone: 0418 272 342

Imelda Cribbin

Imelda Cribbin

Medium: Books, documents.
Description: As a first-generation Australian, I have a passion for family history, trees, stories and memoirs. Recording your history and journey through life’s various stages can have a profound effect on your loved ones and the generations who follow. Let me help you write, publish and share your personal experiences and stories—opening doors to your uniqueness, as well as the many inherited family traits passed on over time.
Location: Upwey, Vic
Website:  imeldacribbin.com.au
Email: cribbin.imelda@gmail.com
Phone: 0419 397 558

Timothy Syrota

Timothy Syrota

Medium: Videography, Filming (editing & all post production), Audio production, Slideshow production
Description: I am a film maker, author and photojournalist with almost 30 years experience. This work has afforded me the opportunity to meet, interview and listen to the stories of many people from many backgrounds. I consider myself a ‘people person’ and this has been a particularly rewarding element of my work, one in which I still delight, and one which emphasises the notion that everyone has a story.
Location: Box Hill, Victoria
Website:  www.timothysyrota.org
Email: timothysyrota@gmail.com
Phone: 0490 364 418

Simon Dalton

Simon Dalton

Medium: Books – Memoir, Life Stories, Biography, Ghostwriting, (writing mentor)
Description: Biography and life stories became a passion because of people – the volunteer work I did befriending an isolated elderly person and visiting them weekly (Do Care) and helping a refugee to learn English (Volunteer Migrant Home Tutor Scheme) and an eccentric great aunt whose life was extraordinary, but who died lonely and her life unrecorded. Everyday people, amazing lives. My curiosity about people never wains.
Life Stories – touching the past is about the remembrances and anecdotes that are the essence of individuals, families, companies and organisations. The whole gamut of human experiences, from the most uplifting and inspiring to the tumultuous and sad, is about living and learning. Life Stories – touching the past is about making sure these stories are not lost to the ether.
Location: Mordialloc, (Melbourne) Victoria
Website:  https://www.simondalton.com.au
Email: lifestories@ozemail.com.au
Phone: 0422 524 529

Victoria Allied Members

Allied members are editors, illustrators, literary agents, publishers, printers and other related occupations supporting life storytelling.

AJ Collins – AJC Audiobooks

AJ Collins – AJC Audiobooks

Medium: Audiobooks – memoir, auto/biography and fiction
Description: AJ is a professional audiobook narrator and producer with over 20 years vocal experience. AJ’s voice is smooth, clear and easy to listen to – the perfect tone to capture your story with careful attention to interpreting your narrative. AJ narrates and produces audiobooks to stringent technical standards and can assist clients with online distribution to major platforms such as Audible, Spotify and Googleplay. Pop over to AJ’s website to listen to some samples. AJ is also an accreditor editor, author and owner of AJC Publishing.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Website: https://ajcaudiobooks.com.au
Email: aj@ajcollins.com.au

Victoria Associate Members

Associate members are emerging life storytellers who are taking a career pause, just starting out or are undertaking voluntary or hobby life story work.

Sandra Dexter, 0428 592 329, sjdexter3@gmail.com,  www.sandradexter.com

Lisa Davidson, 0407042934, lisadavidsonwrites@gmail.com

Queensland Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

That’s My Life

That’s My Life

Medium: Film Production 
Name: Paul English and Alison Crossley
Description: We produce bespoke life story films between 25 to 40 minutes long presented on an elegantly presented DVD (or USB stick) as well as a secure online version able to be shared and viewed with friends and family. Capturing the essence of the person, the anecdotes, the old photos, the twinkle in the eye and the laughter in the voice. 
Location: Currumbin Waters Qld 4223
Website:  www.thatsmylife.com.au   
Email:  info@thatsmylife.com.au 
Mobile: 0432 857 857

Michael Taylor – Number 41

Michael Taylor – Number 41

Medium: Biography and memoir writing.
Description: Michael is a full-time writer who specialises in biographies and memoirs. He gathers the jigsaw pieces of a life and puts them together to make a readable and entertaining story of a person’s life. 
Location: Cooroy Qld 4563
Website: https://www.number41.com.au
Email: number41.lifestory@gmail.com
Phone: 0413 994 329

Robin Storey – Storey-Lines

Robin Storey – Storey-Lines

Medium: Books
Description:  An author and life story writer, Robin has been in the writing industry for over thirty years.  With compassion and empathy, she will transform your life experiences into a story that will move and delight you, while keeping in mind that it is your story to be told the way you want.
Location: Maroochydore
Website: http://storey-lines.com
Email: robin@storey-lines.com
Mobile: 0402 937 773

Carolyn Martinez – Hawkeye Publishing

Carolyn Martinez – Hawkeye Publishing

Medium: Ghostwriter | Editor | Publisher | Author
Description:  As a 30-year experienced writer and editor, Carolyn will treat your story with warmth and skill to record your life. Career highlights include the editing of Natalie Lowndes’ biography ‘Just Nat: Life in the Fast Lane with Natalie Lowndes’. As the managing editor of Hawkeye Publishing, and a former journalist, Carolyn is attuned to those stories that are commercially viable. She is equally happy to ghostwrite compelling memoirs for personal or business use. Carolyn has a MA (Writing) through Swinburne University and co-wrote the bestselling writing guide ‘Winning Short Story Competitions: Essential Tools for the Serious Writer’.
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Website: https://hawkeyebooks.com.au/submissions-commissions/
Email: editor@hawkeyepublishing.com.au
Mobile: 0407 154 663

Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane – Ignite & Write

Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane – Ignite & Write

Medium: Nonfiction ghostwriter I Writing workshops I Writing mentor I Author I Speaker
Description:  Since 2007 Roxanne’s unique and multi-award-winning method of storytelling has changed the lives of hundreds of budding authors, allowing them to bring their messages to life in nonfiction books with cohesive structure, powerful connection to the reader and potential profit. A prolific ghostwriter, author, workshop facilitator, writing mentor and journalist, Roxanne shares powerful insights and tangible tools that remove the mystery from storytelling and ignite a thought-provoking and emotion-evoking theatre within the mind.
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Website: www.roxannewriter.com
Email: hello@roxannewriter.com.au
Booking: Please book a call at https://roxannewriter.as.me/ghostwriting

Queensland Allied member

Allied members are editors, illustrators, literary agents, publishers, printers and other related occupations supporting life storytelling.

Margie Cosgrave – Word Polish

Margie Cosgrave – Word Polish

Medium: Copy editor and proofreader
Description: Margie is a freelance copy editor and proofreader with an 18-year background in human-focused charitable organisations. She has always been deeply drawn to people’s stories and diverse personal, social and cultural experiences, studied foreign languages at university and has an incurable drive to improve written expression. Respecting writers’ responsibility to honour their clients’ stories and wishes, she works sensitively to help bring the story-telling process to a profoundly satisfying conclusion. Basic proficiency in German and Indonesian.
Location: Lake McDonald, Qld
Website: www.margiewordpolish.com.au
Email: margie@margiewordpolish.com.au
Mobile: 0417 956 567

Queensland Associate Members

Associate members are emerging life storytellers who are taking a career pause, just starting out or are undertaking voluntary or hobby life story work.

Marion Leggo, marionleggo@hotmail.com

South Australia Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

Heather Millar – Life Stories Ink

Heather Millar – Life Stories Ink

Medium: Memoir, auto/biography, non-fiction, blogs
Description: Heather is a ghostwriter and editor of memoir, biography, life stories and other non-fiction works. She is a former managing editor for publishing companies in both Australia and the UK. An IPEd accredited editor and qualified counsellor, Heather has worked with people who are palliative and also has a particular interest in stories about trauma, recovery and self-help.
Location: Aldinga Beach (travels to clients throughout Australia) 
Website: lifestoriesink.com.au
Email: heather@lifestoriesink.com.au
Mobile:  0409 196 401

Angela Mules – Treasured Tales

Angela Mules – Treasured Tales

Medium: Videography, Photography, Scriptwriting, Interview skills.
Description: Treasured Tales is a videography business that captures treasured people and their life stories.
How many times have you heard someone say they wish they’d written down the stories their parents told them over the years?
Gift your story to your family, so these stories are captured and remembered forever.
In a cinematic style, we video you telling your story in your place of choice.
We offer a short or longer version of video and high-resolution photos.
We can’t wait to hear your story!
Location: Dulwich, SA
Website: www.treasuredtales.com.au
Email: angela@treasuredtales.com.au
Phone: 0408 082 549

South Australia Associate Members

Associate members are emerging life storytellers who are taking a career pause, just starting out or are undertaking voluntary or hobby life story work.

Michele McCrea, 0405 713 171, shoogiwoogi@icloud.com

Jeannette Fiegehen, fiegehenjeannette@gmail.com

Tasmania Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

Michael Collins – Memoirs & Writing

Michael Collins – Memoirs & Writing

Medium: Print/ Books
Description: Years of writing memoirs, books, short stories, and commercial copy have taught me that my empathy, humour, and pragmatism are attributes greatly appreciated by my clients and their readers. Combine that with the story you want to tell and we have a team – you and I.
Together, and in total confidence, we collaborate to tell your story in your way and your voice.
Location: Hobart (travels to clients throughout Australia)
Website: www.mcmemoirs.com.au
Email: ghostwritermc@gmail.com
Mobile: 0412 487 975

Western Australia Full Members

Experienced and professional members of the Life Stories Association.

Rhuwina Griffiths – This is Your Life Story

Rhuwina Griffiths – This is Your Life Story

Medium: Research, writing, book reviewing and training
Description: Rhuwina is a ghostwriter and life story mentor with over 25 years’ experience in research, writing, and running life story courses and workshops. She is passionate about empowering people with the skills to write interesting and engaging stories about themselves and their family and to have fun while being creative.
Location: Perth
Website: www.thisisyourlifestory.com
Email: rhu@thisisyourlifestory.com
Phone: 08 9332 1986

Kate Heaslip – The Book Incubator

Kate Heaslip – The Book Incubator

Medium: Life Stories I Memoir I Picture Books I Illustration I Photography I
Description: Believing in the importance of story and wanting to share her passion for creating and curating family legacies, Kate created the Book Incubator’s signature program, From Storyboard to Print. This award-winning writing and illustration program provides inclusive, challenging and achievable opportunities for anyone wanting to tell their story in print.  The Book Incubator is based in the South West and facilitates programs for groups and individuals in-person locally and on-line across the globe.
Location: Busselton, Western Australia
Website: www.bookincubator.com.au
Email: rkate@bookincubator.com.au
Phone: 0466 522 020

Western Australia Associate Members

Associate members are emerging life storytellers who are taking a career pause, just starting out or are undertaking voluntary or hobby life story work.

Matthew Cannon, 0411 144 325, Mattcannon71@gmail.com

Bruce Powell, 0400 150 107, brucepowell1966@gmail.com, www.drbrucepowell.com

Laura Page, 0401 553 285, lauraepage@bigpond.com

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