I grew up in South Africa, explored much of southern Africa by car, came to Australia in 1966 and explored Australia by car. My wife, Wendy and I have two daughters and we’ve done a decent amount of travel as a family. My career was in fire protection, fire safety and fire engineering, the last-mentioned with the CSIRO. I retired in 2001.

  1. When did you start writing and what made you start to write?
    I started writing accounts of my travels after working on Koolan Island in 1967. Although I had taken photos, I had an urge write, and recording my experiences on paper seemed like an easier option than trying to write a novel.
  2. Where or when do you feel most inspired- when is your favourite time to write?
    Inspiration doesn’t come on demand; for me it drops in at any time of the day or night. I am a morning person and I write at home, at the dining room table.
  3. Who are your favourite author/s, and why?
    Three of my favourite authors over the years have been Hammond Innes, Alistair MacLean and Jack Higgins. I love the adventure and mystery of their stories, their characters and the variety of global settings for their stories.
  4. Do you write with pen and paper or on the computer- or combinations of both?
    First drafts are always pen and paper and then I revise what I’ve written either at the computer or on printouts from the computer.

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