Interview with Raymond Boyd Dunn

Where did you grow up?
I am a Queenslander, and proud of it. I was born in the small Burnett Valley town of Monto shortly after the first buildings were erected.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have retired, and have plenty of spare time, therefore I spend a great deal of time churning out Indie ebooks .
When I run out of ideas for a story, which is often, I...
1. Watch and listen to DVDs; mainly André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
2. Read Indie ebooks.
3. Learn a language.
4. Mow the lawn.
5. Take a nanny nap.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in about Grade Four at a small country primary school. As part of English the class was writing a story, and each week a new chapter had to be written, the best effort by a pupil being rewarded by being included as the next chapter in a story which had no preconceived plot. As an eight-year-old I was very proud to have my effort included once.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was in 1938 at the small country school mentioned. I had inherited a passion for cricket from my father, and the book 'The Twelfth Man' was given to me at the end of the year as a school prize. I don't remember the name of the author.
How do you approach cover design?
With great difficulty! Against all good advice I opt for a cheap $5 one.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle.
Describe your desk
Tidy...untidy...then tidy again...and so on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a small country town, and it didn't.
When did you first start writing?
Upon retirement. An autobiography for my grandchildren gave me a thirst for writing, and a visit to Cooktown in North Queensland, where I learnt of the Palmer River goldrush led me to write my first novel 'Palmer Gold.'
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story of Burke and Wills and the 'Dig' tree.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd written three novels when someone suggested I should publish them on the Internet. I didn't know how to do so until someone suggested Smashwords, and as it was free, I had nothing to lose. The rest, as they say, is history.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be able to say: "I wrote that."
What do your fans mean to you?
What fans?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I woke up!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Search for the genre I'm interested in.
What is your writing process?
Sit down and start.
Published 2014-04-01.
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Books by This Author

Burke and Wills
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
It was an expedition, comprehensively equipped like no other exploratory party before it or since. Despite achieving its objective of crossing the vast Australian continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, it ended in tragedy. It was plagued by poor decision making, harsh conditions and bad luck. The story is a tribute to brave men exploring the unknown. It is the story of the Dig Tree.
Death on the Valley Rattler
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,230. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The Mary Valley Rattler (or ‘The Valley Rattler’), is a tourist train which runs through the Mary River Valley in Queensland, from Gympie to the small country town of Imbil. It is a restored C17 class, steam locomotive which originally ran in the early 1920s. The tour is conducted by the Mary Valley Heritage Railway. This is the story of a mysterious death on an adventure tour on the train.
The Destiny of Darkie Dixon
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Destiny, that amorphous but inevitable fate over which some say we have no control, was to deal unkindly with Darkie Dixon. That was not the name he was born with. It was not even a dignified Christian name. There was no way of knowing the identity which was bestowed upon him at birth! This is the story of his life ─ how his destiny was fulfilled.
Buckley's Chance
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In the Australian vernacular “you’ve got Buckley’s Chance” or “you’ve got Buckley’s” means “you have no chance”, or “it’s nearly impossible”; despite the eventual outcome of his adventure, the phrase is believed to refer to the improbable survival of an escaped convict, William Buckley, who lived among the Aborigines of Victoria, Australia, for thirty-two years, before returning to civilization.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...Blackmail in Paradise
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,150. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Max has to deal with a woman who is being blackmailed over raunchy photographs taken years before, but won’t go to the Police to report it. She would rather pay up and hope the villain would honour his word…Some hope! While dealing with this, Max has to attend a wedding and a funeral.
The Bully
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Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Essay » Sociology
A timid boy's problem, being bullied after school on his way home. Too ashamed to tell anyone, and not big enough to defend himself, he tries to keep it a secret.
The Adventures of Ben Hall, Bushranger
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,000. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Before Ned Kelly, the infamous Australian bushranger, there was Ben Hall. In fact, it is thought by numerous people that many of Ben Hall’s exploits were copied by Ned. Hall operated in New South Wales, and his daring escapades earned him the title of ‘Brave Ben Hall’, making him a part of Australian folklore.
Outlaws of the Australian Bush
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,370. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Bushranger...the outlaw of the Australian Bush. The young men of the late 19th century, living outside the law, who found adventure on the back of a fast horse; an adventure fraught with danger; and the likelihood of finishing on the end of a rope. A compilation of 1.Bushranger 2. Birth of a Bushranger 3. Millie and the Bushranger 4. Bushranger's Gold 5. Adventures of Ben Hall 7. Darkie Dixon
Bushranger's Gold
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,370. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The Sequel to “Millie and the Bushranger”… Millie recovers from the wound received during the shootout which killed her lover, Dandy Jack, and joins the surviving members of the gang to search for the cache hidden by Jack before he was killed.
Josey
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
This book covers the period of Josey's boyhood and early teenage years and has been based on the author's own experiences, only the names have been changed. This is to give the reader the author's recollection of life during the Great Depression and the Second World War.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...The Case of the Missing Stamp and Coin Collections
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,320. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Max is set the task of solving the puzzle of a missing stamp album and a tin of valuable coins, a portion of a deceased estate. He has no clues, and no-one has actually seen the contents of the missing items. He also has some decisions to make regarding his love life. Read how the problems are resolved.
The Jackaroo
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,010. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
The conflict between two good friends in England, over the favours of a beautiful woman, continues on the far side of the world in Australia. One becomes a jackaroo, a beginner in the cattle industry ─ the other, his mortal enemy. Llewellyn's boss is a woman, and Ivan marries the girl they fought over. Lew has accepted his friend's victory, but Ivan does not believe him.
The Birth of a Bushranger
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,740. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Bushranger...the outlaw of the Australian Bush. The young men of the late 19th century, living outside the law, who found adventure on the back of a fast horse; an adventure fraught with danger as they were pursued by the police - always with the likelihood of a bullet to end their latest escapade, or an appointment with the hangman.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...Get Charlene!
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,250. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Max's new flatmate is gorgeous, but mysterious! What is her secret? Why is she afraid to venture out in broad daylight? Max's love life begins to be complicated!
The Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,160. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A compilation of the eight short stories in the Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series to date. The adventures of the coffee-loving, Akubra-wearing Private Detective as he endeavours to solve the puzzles presented by his clients on the beautiful Sunshine Coast...
Bushranger
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,020. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Bushranger...the outlaws of the Australian bush. The young men sometimes cast into that role by an unfortunate twist of fate - sometimes because of their thirst for adventure on a fast horse. Seldom did they realise the danger they were exposing themselves to until it was too late - an ignominious death from a policeman's bullet, or the final drop through the trapdoor of the gallows.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...The Fairbanks Enigma
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Once again the coffee-loving Private Eye, Maxwell Marlowe, is engaged to investigate the after hours activities of a mistrusted husband. He finds himself with an enigma...is he, or isn't he misbehaving? A routine investigation turns into a life-threatening experience for the 'super sleuth'.
What do you think, Dog?
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Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
An old and weary man talks to his dog as he contemplates his own mortality.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...Wayne's Daughter
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
max is distracted in his attempt to find out what happened to the daughter of an old school friend, and the cause of his distraction is the gorgeous georgina; but max is nothing, if not a dedicated super sleuth, and balances his love life and the search for his friend's daughter, but at the cost of his passion for running.
Millie and the Bushranger
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Series: Outlaws of Australia, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,790. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Millie detests her present lonely life in the Australian bush. Her only escape is in the pages of romantic novels, where she becomes the heroine in the arms of the handsome hero. The appearance of a dashing young Bushranger gives her hope of a better, more interesting life to come.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye. 'Murder in Maroochydore.
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,110. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Max is accused of a hit and run accident, which is now considered to be a murder. The beautiful Danielle de Montfort, an Insurance Investigator, is supposedly helping, but is at odds with him. He is protecting a client, whilst she wants his client to be charged and found guilty.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye. 'The Case of the Missing Heiress'
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Series: Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,110. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The first book in the Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series...Max is puzzled. Nothing about this case seems to make sense.Is the heiress really in danger? Who are the scantily clad people in the beach photos? Max is a Private Detective and solves 'the case of the missing heiress'
The First Born Sons
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,250. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
What family secrets are being revealed as Billy traces his ancestry back to the original Billy Rickards? Is there a Marriage Certificate missing somewhere among the branches of his family tree?
Memories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Ten Anecdotes of the author's life experiences - taken mainly from the early years. The reader will find plenty of nostalgia in this one. (A compendium of three books = "There's one born every minute", "Give it to Dad!" and "Home is where the Heart is.")
My Pal Daisy
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Price: Free! Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Aging well
Dogs are capable of such unbounded devotion and there are no strings attached. Their love is entirely unconditional!
An Australian Ranch
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 164,030. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
Second Book of a Trilogy. American Colt Pearson is establishing a 'Ranch' in Australia. Sister-in law Caroline is a tormented soul, because of a horrendous experience in her teenage years. She leaves a trail of slain men in her wake as you follow her tortured progress. You can only imagine the loathing which drives her. What would you do to solve Barbara and Jim's relationship problem?
Schooldays
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
The author's experience of school from 1935-44 - the years following the Great Depression and during the Second World War.
Home Is Where The Heart Is.
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Price: Free! Words: 620. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
What makes a Home? It is more than just a place to stay. It needs a heart!
The Twelfth Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,680. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
A SCHOOLBOY'S CRICKET ADVENTURE Roy lives and breathes Cricket. Will he be good enough to represent his school at the sport he loves. A schoolboy's cricketing adventure at Boarding School.
Once Upon a Time on the Ghan
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,930. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
'It's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way'. That's the opinion Billy has of himself as he pursues the delectable Zoe on their trans-continental rail journey across the vast Australian Outback on the 'Indian Pacific' and 'The Ghan.'
Carly and Sam...Will and Effie
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,870. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
Third book of a trilogy. There's a surprising development in the relationship between Carly and Sam.Will and Effie's wedding plans are delayed.
Palmer Gold
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Series: Pearson/Rickards Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,710. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
First Book of a Trilogy. This intriguing tale takes you on a journey through the wild country in the Palmer River area of North Queensland. Imagine you are with the party of miners as they make their way through the land of the cannibalistic natives. You will follow the progress of the turbulent courtship of beautiful Beth by Billy Rickards, Imagine you are there for the exciting native attack!