Once upon a time, struggling to find work on the north-west coast of Tasmania, I set out to write novels for a living. I had three objectives in mind:
- Secure a career I could travel with
- Make enough money to be financially independent
- Position myself so that it would be relatively easy to migrate to another country (I was in love..)
- Be doing what I love for a living!
Well, I succeeded at producing two novels, and these days I’m here writing on less ambitious (and one might argue less naive) terms.
Tadpole (YA 16+) (Goodreads) tells the story of Danny and Alisha, two damaged teenagers from dysfunctional homes who set out to find a new life, alone, outside of society. Touring a countryside of small towns and cheap hotels, vibrant cities and all manner of strange and psychopathic characters, Tadpole is a road trip for the mind, and a haven for those who, like Danny and Alisha, feel isolated and disconnected.
Tadpole is a dark adventure you won’t forget. A violent, romantic road trip of two against the world.
Warning: This story was written for and dedicated to those who, like Danny and Alisha, may have suffered childhood abuse. I believe that these matters are best placed in the open, and spoken about, because it is only under ignorance and denial that the abuse of human rights can flourish. As a result, I cannot recommend this novel for young people from sheltered backgrounds, and absolutely do not recommend it for those under the age of 15. I suggest caution for those sensitive to triggering. For those of you still in the game, I hope this story speaks to you.
Zero Day (2010)
Zero Day (Goodreads) is a dystopian thriller set in a dead America of the future. The earth has eroded into desert and Government rules. If you’re a gamer, think of a Fallout novel written by someone who’d never played it!
In New San Francisco, a cabal of businessmen contrive control through military force, and the mouthpiece of “Jeremy Rockstar”: a local musician turned rock god, manipulated into servitude. Tiring of his hollow celebrity, Jeremy purposefully disappears, escaping into the city. Destitute civilians, a loyal, but numb middle-class, and an armed underground rebellion. Rediscovering his beginnings, and a notion of the liberty that could be, Jeremy returns as a leader, one whom might inspire a return to the original American dream.
No Planet Like Home was first established as a pseudonymous blog for citizen journalism, in the spirit of Hunter S Thompson.
The Android was established as an online serial
Co-writing ‘Click’, a film script