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About

I am part-time in the workforce and a part-time author, and writing technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades.  Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.


Once those books were published by Club Lighthouse and garnered good reviews I wrote in a very different place and time.  My two novels set in Victorian Britain were published in July and August of 2014 by Wings ePress. These have been followed by my story set against the background of Australia's involvement on the Western Front. Australia's contribution to the battles on the Western Front and to ultimate victory was well out of proportion to the size of the nation and the size of their force. Once you read this story you will appreciate the great things that our nation achieved..

Questions and Answers
How long have you been writing? Writing became a major part of my career in the early nineteen-eighties, but my first attempt at creative fiction was five years ago.

How long does it take you to write a book? My three books have been set in places or times that I am not familiar with, so research can take several months.  After that, a first draft may take a couple of months, and then it takes another couple of months to finalise.  During one summer when it was too hot to move far from the airconditioner at home, I wrote much of the first draft of a novel in two weeks.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to read and to write.  I also like travel with my wife and on my motorcycle.  I like a good movie, doing handyman stuff around the house and building large-scale model Grand Prix racing cars.

What authors do you read?  Writers who can combine well-drawn characters with an interesting plot.  Everything by Paul Coehlo!  I very much enjoyed ‘The Russian Concubine’ by Kate Furnivall and I am hoping her sequel ‘The Concubine’s Secret’ will be of a similar standard.

Where do you live? I live in Canberra which is the capital city of Australia with my wife and daughter, while my son lives in nearby Sydney.

Where is your favourite place in the world? I love France, and Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, while our recent holiday to Poland and to Russia took us both by surprise (in a nice way).  I believe travel is good because it broadens your knowledge of your homeland.

What are you working on now? I'm working on a story set in 1930s Italy which is based around Grand Prix car racing, but will include other aspects of an interesting place and time.