Perth, Western Australia, Australia
I was born near the middle of 1976, in Perth, Western Australia, where I continue to live in the midst of suburbia. My early interest in books, and the germination of my desire to write for pleasure and eventually a living, were shaped by my late grandfather, who read me comics when I was a small boy.
My relationship with the four-coloured world of comics died for several years with the onset of ‘real-life’. Upon entering high school in 1989, my love of all things readable, began again when a friend handed me a comic, and from then on my true interest in writing to entertain began in earnest. Many late nights were spent writing stories and comic scripts for an artistically gifted friend to illustrate, instead of doing my homework. Unfortunately none of the comics were completed, with only a few of the beautifully crafted pages finished by my friend, before we both lost interest in that particular story and decided to start another.
After High School, I felt that finding a ‘real’ career, other than writing, was the right thing to do. Actually, I didn't really think I could make a career out of writing. I enrolled in a Diploma in Child Care at Midland TAFE. Spending over two hours on public transport a day on the long journey to TAFE gave me plenty of time to read novels by a variety of authors as well as develop my observation skills. After finishing TAFE in 1997, I started working in a local child care centre. This lasted a year and a half.
This couldn’t have come at a better time, actually, and I started a Bachelor of Arts in Writing at Edith Cowan University. The idea was to focus on Journalism, as a practical job in writing. However, I still harboured a dream of being a novelist, rather than a journo. But bills do need to be paid.
In 2000, I was published for the first time ever, in various forms. A short film I’d written, ‘A Day in the Death of…’ was filmed by two groups of media students. While I was proud of seeing what I'd written produced in a visual form, I was less than thrilled by the result, and the less said of that, the better….
Throughout 2000, I wrote articles for various local magazines, and was published in Kids in Perth and Medical Forum, WA. I edited and contributed a poem to 'defrag' the 2000 Community Writing Anthology.
In 2001, I conducted interviews with past ECU students for the updated 2002 prospectus, with the three interviews be published in April of 2001, and seen by every school-leaving student in Western Australia.
Since then I've written for a number of different publications, both printed media and online. I did a small stint at a local paper and I'm currently contributing in a semi-regular compacity to the comic journal NinthArt (www.ninthart.com).
I've just completed my Honours thesis, three short stories, and while waiting for the results I'm working on a novel, and writing short stories, with an eye to getting them published. I still reads comics, a habit that my fiancee thinks is endearing at best, dubious at worst.
I really like coffee, and tend to write extremely long sentences when I'm not concentrating.
Interests: Reading a variety of authors (at the moment, a lot of M. John Harrison and Haruki Murakami). Babysitting my niece. Listing to music (any kind, really). Spending time with my fiancee.
Published writer: Yes