The Authors

Introducing the seven members of the Mindalby Outback Romance series. Discover more about us, the books we write and join us via social media on our writing journeys.

In alphabetical order:

Susanne Bellamy

Susanne Bellamy

Born and raised in Toowoomba, Susanne is an Australian author of contemporary and rural romances set in Australia and exotic locations. She adores travel with her husband, both at home and overseas, and weaves stories around the settings and people she encounters. Her Outback series, Hearts of the Outback, and Second Chance Love, one of the Bindarra Creek series with other authors, were inspired by her time teaching in far north-west Queensland.

Her heroes have to be pretty special to live up to her real life hero. He saved her life then married her. They live on the edge of the Range with their German Shepherd, Freya. In another life, Susanne was a senior English and Drama teacher with a passion for Shakespeare and creative writing, but now her two children have flown the coop, she writes full time.

Susanne is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) and won third place in their 2011 Emerald Award. She placed third in the Pan Macmillan short story competition with Chez Romeo. A hybrid author, she is published with Mira, and Harlequin Escape, as well as being self -published. A popular guest speaker, she presented the keynote address at the Steele Rudd Pilgrimage, and was a guest speaker for the Dynamic Life Speakers Series for U3A, and has been invited to speak in libraries, at book clubs, and to community groups. 

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Linda Charles


Linda Charles is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She was born and raised in Sydney where she studied and taught drama for many years. She loves to read, travel and enjoys a good conversation. Following a move to the Hunter Valley she started to write her own stories.

Linda is a member of the Hunter Romance Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, and Romance Writers of America.

You can visit Linda at her Webpage; or follow her on Twitter; Facebook, or Pinterest


Lee Christine

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A potent cocktail of love, danger and high stakes suspense.

In 2009, former corporate trainer, Lee Christine, decided to turn her writing hobby into a serious day job.

In 2012, her then unpublished manuscript, “In Safe Hands”, won the Romance Writers of America Silicon Valley Gotcha Contest, The Romance Writers of America Smoky Mountains Laurie Award and the Romance Writers of America East Texas Southern Heat Contest for Best Romantic Suspense. In 2012 “In Safe Hands” was chosen as a launch title for Escape Publishing, Harlequin Enterprises’ digital first imprint in Australia. In 2014, Lee added two more novels to her Sydney set, fictional law firm series. In that year, “In Safe Arms” finaled in the Australian Romance Reader Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense. “A Dangerous Arrangement” a fast paced read set on Italy’s Amalfi Coast and “Shadows of the Heart”, a small town rural romance set in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales were published during 2015. “A Dangerous Arrangement” went on to final in the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards for Favourite Romantic Suspense and the prestigious Romance Writers of Australia ‘RUBY Award’ for Romantic Book of the Year. ‘A Daughter’s Choice’ is Lee’s sixth novel and is to be published under the Mira imprint of Harper Collins and Escape Publishing.

Lee loves connecting with her readers and has appeared on a panel at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival, made multiple library appearances, and has been a guest speaker at a major fundraiser for the Mark Hughes Brain Cancer Foundation. Lee enjoys music and travelling and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Newcastle with her husband, and her Irish Wheaten Terrier, Honey.

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S. E. Gilchrist

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S.E. Gilchrist can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. After several years travelling around Australia and Asia, S.E. settled in the Hunter Valley, Australia, with her family and pets. SE writes romance across a variety of genres. She loves combining romance with adventure and suspense. Several of her books have been shortlisted in writing contests.

S.E. takes a keen interest in the environment, animal welfare and loves bushwalking and spending time with her family. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia, co-runs the Hunter Romance Writers group and is the organiser behind several group-venture romance series, including the best-selling Bindarra Creek Romance series, the Deadly Forces series, and the Mindalby Outback Romance series.

Published by Escape Publishing (Harlequin Australia) and Pan MacMillan Australia, S.E. is also an indie author.

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Lauren K McKellar

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Lauren K. McKellar is a writer of contemporary romance reads that make you feel. This hybrid-published USA Today best-selling author loves writing books with stunning settings, heart-throb heroes, and relatable leading ladies readers love.

In addition to writing, Lauren loves to read, and you can often find her up at all hours of the night with a glass of wine, some chocolate, and a good book. She lives by the beach in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband, infant son, and their two dogs. Most of the time, all four of them are well behaved.

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Stacey Nash


Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the science fiction and contemporary romance genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of kissing! Her debut novel, Forget Me Not was released as a three book series (The Collective) through HarperCollins Australia during 2014 / 2015. And her Oxley College Series, entailing Shh!, Wait!, and Pretend … is available now.

Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.

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Kerrie Paterson


Kerrie Paterson writes contemporary women’s fiction and small town romance—mainly stories about women in their 40s and above who have reached a crossroads in their life. She loves to write about women’s relationships with their friends and family, as well as their romances.

She is a chronic volunteer and depending on the time of year can sometimes be found with a script in one hand and radio in the other as stage manager for a local theatre company. She also loves a good yoga session, taking photos (one day her son will convince her to use manual settings!) and is never far from a book or ten.

Kerrie lives in the Hunter Valley, Australia

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