Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My varied life led to my desire to write but mostly I was a reader all my life so that was the best background to becoming a writer. I qualified with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) that further cemented my desire to write.
The first novel I wrote was called Refugee, although I did not finish it until last year. In the meantime, Custom Book Publications published my second novel Murder on Display and The Politics of Murder which were both long listed in the Ned Kelly award for crime writing.
My short story the Girl in the Red Beret won the Burnside short story contest. My screenplay The Soldiers was highly commended in 2008 National literary awards. Many of my articles and short stories were published in various magazines.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel is called 'The Hooded Assassin' and is to be published by 'United P.C. ' in the European Union. It is the story of a person killing criminals the law failed to punish.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My style is simple and to the point. I think I am similar to many crime and thriller writers who cannot afford to bore the reader with long descriptions and dialogue. I like to write similar to English crime writers but with some Australian hard edge.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am into George R R Martin at the moment. Other authors I admire are Tim Winton, Colleen McCulloch, Dan Brown, Patricia Cornwell, Steig Larsson, Robert Ludlum, Ruth Rendell, Alex Kava,
Ken Follet. and many more..
What are you working on now?
It is called 'Deliver us from Evil' and is about how several boys get on with their lives after being sexually abused.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use many and varied including My Book Place.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Learn your craft and then sit in front of the computer and write.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Learn your craft and sit in front of the computer and write.
What are you reading now?
The Coffin Dancer by Jeffrey Deaver
What’s next for you as a writer?
Get 'The Hooded Assassin' into the market place.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Tim Winton’s Cloud Street, the Jason Bourne series, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the rest of Steig Larsson’s series.
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