Gordon's Book Climbs to top Reprinted from Caloundra Weekly Thursday January 28 2016 by ANGELA NORVAL
AS A retired traffic project manager, Gordon Smith understands the importance of getting the finer details right. Now as a published author, he has shown that thorough research, a - passion for your topic and a great family history can lead to success. Gordon's novel, An Australian Story, has reached new heights, being named as the number one bestseller in the History of Australia and Oceania category on Amazon.com. The saga of an Australian family over two centuries, An Australian Story, which was released in July 2015, has gradually climbed the, bestselling chart, with readers more than happy to leave many glowing reviews. Having spent most of his life in sales, public transport and traffic management, Gordon is not someone you would think would write a book based around the war, but after retiring to the . Sunshine Coast in 2014 he took an interest in researching his family. In doing so he discovered he had six relatives who fought in the Great War and even discovered a distant link to the royal family of the United Kingdom. Gordon said this research led him to write his first book, A Family That Went to War, but after that was published he found he still had so much more he wanted to tell, so he wrote An Australian Story. "In this I have been able to include the stories of Australia's early settlement and the events that made Australia and makings of a family," he said. "I am amazed that I could write three books in less than 12 months, particularly as only recently I discovered that I had mild two days, but to my delight dyslexia all my life. "I am now over 70 and looking forward to continuing to have my thoughts transferred into books that can be shared by many." Asked what it felt like to become number one on Amazon.com, Gordon said when he first saw the notification his book rated number four, he closed his computer and rebooted it just in case there was a computer glitch. "When I reopened the site I was astounded that it had climbed to number two," he said. "I was so excited I sent messages to all my friends and relatives. When I checked the site an hour later it reached number one. "I was sure that it would rly only remain on top of the category for one or maybe 2 days, but to my surprise it still is number one." As he works on his next book, The Ministry Communications Unit, a romantic fiction between 1940 and the mid, 1950s, Gordon continues to enjoy researching the war records and finding out so much about his relatives that he had never heard of. "Having the family history made the stories flow easier because I was seeing faces in my mind as I wrote," he said. "My fourth book is now at the half-way mark and although pure fiction, I have been able to learn so much on so many subjects including the Jewish religion, England during the war years and the Snowy Mountains Scheme construction. " For more, visit www.gordontraffic.com.