Books that challenger, excite and inspire

Gumnut Press is a growing independent publishing company based in Perth, Western Australia with an overwhelming passion to create beautiful and heartfelt books. 


Established in 2018, Gumnut Press endeavours to share stories that challenge, excite and inspire. Bringing to life untold stories written from the heart. Books that take the reader on an emotional journey told through a unique author voice.

Gumnut Press has developed relationships with key book distributors and author/publishing online communities including:

    * Draft2Digital Distribution

    * Ingram Global Distribution

    * Everything Publishing Academy


Meet the Team

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Peta Flanigan - Director/Founder

Peta began writing many years ago and now has over 15 books and stories in print under two pen names. As P.L. Harris, she writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense with a twist of mystery and intrigue. Her books are rich in storyline and location with characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Under P.L. Harris, she has published stories with Serenity Press, Blue Swan Publishing, Evernight Publishing and now publishes the majority of her books with Gumnut Press.

Polly Holmes is her cheeky, sassy alter ego. When she's not writing her next romantic suspense novel as P.L. Harris, she is planning the next murder in one of Polly's cozy mysteries. All Polly Holmes mysteries are published solely with Gumnut Press.

She’s a proud member of the Romance Writers of Australia and America. Australian Society of Authors, the Peter Cowan Writers Centre and has a Certificate in Romance Writing. Her awards tally so far include 3 first and 11 finalist placings from all around the world. Peta is proud to have received the 2020 ROAR! silver award for Best Blogger/Author/Writer. A true romantic at heart, Peta believes everyone deserves their own happily ever after.


Bursting with passion to share her writing and publishing knowledge with the wider community, Peta began Gumnut Press to inspire and nurture authors, both established and emerging. 

She is on a mission to share the power of storytelling with the world.


Carolyn de Ridder - Admin/Graphic Design and Promotional Video Producer



Erica Russikoff


Erica Russikoff is an inspired reader and editor who has a wealth of respect for the indie authors she works with. She has experience working on fiction, poetry, children's lit, young adult, fantasy, psychological thrillers, new adult contemporary romance, and erotica.


She has a B.A. and M.A. in English (literature and TESL) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has been freelance editing for 14 years.

She taught English at the college level (freshman composition and remedial classes, which focused on grammar and punctuation) and abroad for 4 years.


Erica loves reading contemporary fiction, romance, and psychological thrillers


For more information about Erica's editing services, click on her picture above which will take you straight to her website.


Sally J. Smith


USA Today bestselling author of cozy mysteries and detective novels, Sally J. Smith, is half of the writing team of Smith & Steffens. Sally J. Smith (right brain) and Jean Steffens (left brain) make up equal halves of one totally functional writer's mind.


Creative and intuitive and organized and systematic? What could be better?

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Dannielle Line


Dannielle Line is the author of the Trinket Bay series, A Nose for Trouble, An Ear to the Ground, and A Twist in the Tail writing as D. D. Line. She is an award-winning author and has short stories published in several anthologies and publications throughout Australia.


Dannielle is an avid reader and loves most genres, especially paranormal, suspense, and romance. While she’s lived in Australia all her life, she’s travelled and adventured in many lands through the pages of a book.


When not writing her own stories, she loves to help other authors polish theirs. She’s proofread and copy edited for both publishers and Indie authors since 2016.


Lisa Edward


Lisa Edward is the author of The Songbird trilogy, the novels Ripped and Broken, the novella Duty of Care and a contributor to the collation of short stories in Hook & Ladder 69.

While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States.


She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.

For more information about Lisa's proofreading services, click on her picture above which will take you straight to her Facebook page.