Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a horticulturist who moved from Australia to the French Amazon (French Guiana). I spend every moment I can on the water, either on the rivers in my sprint canoe or on the sea in a kayak. When I'm not doing that I'm joining another 300 or so paddlers in a racing pirogue (canoe). I have written five books and have had many articles published in lifestyle and horticultural magazines.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
WILD ROOTS – Coming Alive in the French Amazon. This amazing, mysterious, confusing, chaotic and sometimes hostile land was the inspiration behind the book. I hope my writing inspires people to invite more 'wild' into their daily lives.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Oh yes. I write from a hammock or from a deck in the tree canopy. I do most of my reading from a sea kayak. I need a daily dose of nature to be inspired to write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My early inspiration came from famous Australian naturalist, Dr David Fleay. He was a voice for nature and wildlife way ahead of his time.
What are you working on now?
A new book called – A life half wild. It's about the wonderful characters who move to the Amazon to 'live'.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Connecting with like-minded people. Word of Mouth is the greatest.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Libba Bray said, "Write like it matters, and it will." That is so true. If you are passionate about your topic that will shine through. There is always someone who wants to read what you write, you just have to find them.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"You are going down anyway, so go like you mean it." I was whitewater kayaking on the border of Brazil at the time.
What are you reading now?
L.G. Cullens – Calen's Eden
What’s next for you as a writer?
To keep writing and bringing people's awareness to the fascinating part of the world where I live.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Tough one, there are many. I'll go with Silent Spring – Rachel Carson