Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Michael Patrick Mardel (1949-) was born near the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He has trained to be a teacher-librarian ending up with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship. At the age of 40 he started studying psychology as that is what he always wanted to do. He graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Psychology) and has spent his time since then counselling, teaching students how to drive, and being a carer. In 2004 he assisted his publisher on bringing out Library Walkabout and from then on he self-published Walkabout Dreaming years 5-8 and 3-4, Sustainability in the 21st century part 1 (all revised in 2018) and part 2 (Growing your own), Computer Walkabout, Storyteller Walkabout, Music Walkabout, Psychology Walkabout and Style Manual. He wrote the Australian short stories for boys (& girls) over two years. These stories are now available from Amazon through KDP and on Kindle. Other textbooks are available at his website.
Michael has now written a trilogy around the life of Paul O'Leary for middle grade readers. There are now 4 YA books: The diary of a babydyke in transition; Frack off: trouble in the high country and the Kimberley; The Mermaid and the Seahorse; Confessions of a nanny, and A Cowboy Downunder.
In between writing Michael reads for reviews.
He also has a counselling book under the pen name of Patrick Ferreira called Most common questions about surviving emotional abuse…and the answers..for men.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel is "A Cowboy Downunder: a mystery and a romance". I was living in Broome in NW WA in the Kimberley and there were a few cattle stations nearby. There was also a TV series about jackaroos learning to ride horses and muster cattle.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Only peace and quiet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, Wilbur Smith pre Kindle days.
Penn and Freeman
What are you working on now?
Computer Walkabout – revised edition – Office 365 and Word 2016
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
just do it
post-it notes work for me
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
are you a pantser or a planner?
What are you reading now?
Ten two Jack by Capri
What’s next for you as a writer?
market my memoirs when editing is finished.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Anzacs by Patsy Adam Smith
it was given as a prize when I was in the Army Reserve.