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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.