Our Team

Christopher McMaster, PhD

Christopher has always enjoyed writing. Southern Skies is a way to do that, and encourage others to write too.

Chris has published over 10 non-fiction works. During his doctoral studies he became lead editor in the student self help series, Survive and Succeed, an international series written by and for postgraduate students. That series published six books, in the USA, UK, South Africa, the Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand.

His doctoral thesis was converted into readable form and published as Including All: Developing Inclusive School Cultures from Within. His latest edited book is Disability and the University: A Disabled Students’ Manifesto. Other works include a special education resource in the form of a board game (The Choices Game: Staying Safe in Social Situations) and a sailing manual and curriculum for a double hulled Pacific voyaging canoe, Tairaawhiti Waka Hourua: Crew Manual and Sailing Curriculum.

Chris has also written three speculative fiction novels, to be published by Dreaming Big Publications in the United States. He has written several short stories in the same genre and is developing a forth novel, a science fiction story spanning thousands of light years. See his author page.

Interested in joining the crew? Contact Chris

Emma Van Berkel

Emma turned her hand to graphic arts over a decade ago and has compliled an impressive portfolio of design. While not riding her horse down the beach, growing supergreens or selling avocados at the local farmer’s market, she is focussing solely on covers for Southern Skies

Andrew McKenna

A highly experienced and skilled journalist, editor, sub-editor and educator, Andrew has worked in newspapers, as a communications specialist in the private and public sectors, in tertiary institutions, government departments and international publishing houses such as Lonely Planet, as well as for niche companies. He has designed curricula and taught journalism at tertiary level for seven years. He has run his own news website, and for three years he was Digital Editor at the Gisborne Herald in New Zealand. He teaches Professional Writing and Editing and works freelance in web design and writing.

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