Camp Leichhardt

Camp Leichhardt is the story of Ben, a Katherine cop with more than his share of problems, who heads down to the Roper River to fish and get away from the stresses of life. Instead he finds that all is not what it seems, and slowly uncovers a criminal conspiracy that will destroy communities and…

Updated Ebooks now available

The good people at HarperCollins have been busy updating the ebooks for Rotten Gods, Savage Tide and Lethal Sky. There are now bonus chapters so that Rotten Gods has a Savage Tide chapter, Savage Tide has a Lethal Sky chapter and both Lethal Sky and Voodoo Dawn have a Rotten Gods chapter. They’ve also updated…

The actors started arriving in their BMWs and Ferraris. One after another they auditioned for the part. None made the grade. By noon I was desperate, rejecting actor after actor. Then, at three in the afternoon, a mud splattered GU Patrol rolled up. Matthew R Grego stepped out from behind the wheel, took off his…

Not that I am a complete introvert or anything, but I’m starting to get butterflies over my first ever panel chair at a writers’ festival. I’ll be sitting down with four amazing writers and asking them, “Why is fiction so hard to write? Or is it?” The panel is made up of: 1)      Mark Dapin,…

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival will be held on the June Long Weekend. I’m a panel called ‘How hard is it to Write?’ on Sunday and will also be running a workshop called ‘Tighter and Sharper: Write Like a Professional.’ I’d love to see friendly faces if you can make it.

This weekend I’ll be at the Grassroots Writers Festival at Valla Beach Tourist Park on the beautiful Mid-north Coast of NSW. I’m participating in a panel called “Things I wish I knew when I started,” with the hugely talented Fiona McArthur on Saturday morning. In the afternoon I’m running a workshop called “Tighter and Sharper,” aimed…

The Need to Read

I had a conversation with my eldest son the other day. He’s twenty years old, very bright, curious about politics, history and social justice. The problem is that he stopped reading books regularly when he was about fifteen. So he gets his information from Reddit, links referred by friends, and documentaries. His opinions are strong,…

The tragedy of the civil war in Syria brought home browsing Google Maps footage of the city of Aleppo. Suburb after suburb of ruined houses. A quarter of a million dead, millions in camps and a million more in foreign countries seeking new homes. Have we done enough? Can we do more?