Q Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A. A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute. A war story that had a slice of history to it. After reading it I always wanted to visit Alice Springs which I did in 1997
Q. What's the story behind your latest book?
A. Lady Ruth Bromfield was inspired by a story I read in a magazine about Kindertransport. I wondered how the life of one of these children may have turned out
Q. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A. I grew up in a loving family but unfortunately Dad, who was a returned serviceman, never talked about the war (WW2) and never joined the RSL or marched on Anzac Day. I have just recently joined the RSL and I will be marching on this Anzac Day for the first time since I was discharged from the army in 1967
Q. What are your five favorite books, and why?
A. I enjoy Australian history novels based on stories of the Australian Pioneers up to 1990s'
I particularly liked In The Wet as well as On the beach both futuristic novels by Neville Shute.
I also enjoying period novels based loosely on truth like "Underbelly Razor by Larry Writer and of course, the greatest classic of all "Power and Glory" by Frank Hardy.
Q. What do you read for pleasure?
A. As I’ve got older I find that local history books as well as those about my ancestors are of great joy.
Q. How do you approach cover design?
A. I wanted a background colour that showed the Australian outback and also had a military feel. I did not want bright colours as it is not a happy story although I hope I captured the pride associated by my family. I chose the graphic as a general world war one Australian soldier in action.
Q. What is your e-reading device of choice?
A. My Lenovo pad is closely followed by my PC
Q. Describe your desk
A. Cluttered. I always remember the question "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk signify?"
Q. When did you first start writing?
A. Just recently. I have published technical traffic papers in the past but that was all.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A. I have yet to find out
Q. What motivated you to become an indie author?
A. I need to tell my story.
Published 24th July 2016