I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.
Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.
Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.
Where to find Kurt Ulmer online
The Glove Letters
Letters from the edge as the search for the mysterious glove touches people’s lives in simple ways, in sad moments, at turbulent times, under pitiable circumstances and in ways that will touch your heart and mind.
Get over it
How you get over things and where you end up says a lot about you. Come on a short bumpy ride.
Being a chick magnet is fine as long as it doesn't get you into too much trouble.
He had some serious explaining to do when things went awry.
The Foreshadowed Land
Australia: the island continent. Strange animals, unfamiliar plants, beautiful beaches and scenery plus: a trap for young players. Beware, all is not as it seems.
Wherefore Love's Shadow?
A dramatic thriller novel propelled forward by mystery, suspense and violence interspersed, necessarily so, with romance and erotica. He was looking for love in all the wrong places
Safe at a Distance
The teenage lovers part-it will be only for a short five years. But others have different plans.They meet again in very different circumstances and discover a brutal truth. After that, will he ever be safe?
Master of All Time
An Australian public servant had the audacity to tell world leaders to disarm. While he was around, there would be no nuclear war. He held all the trump cards and so would his son. Penberthy was a happy man when the wall fell, the U.S.S.R. imploded and the Iron Curtain rusted away. The world was safe and he had a son in high school. His son really mattered.
The 23rd Of June
The Queensland sun does things to people. Everybody is tanned, relaxed and wants to talk. I hear the most amazing things. It was all about love and the water.
Martin Goes Floundering
Pause and retreat. Martin and water don't mix. Follow Martin's and his family's exploits at your peril and get wet laughing.
Writing “flash fiction”, a properly structured short story, is a piece of piss to a trained dick. If that is not you, read on.
The Masked Transformer
“The Masked Transformer”. Be scared, be very scared: this is the “classic universal tale” of good and evil, power and corruption. The three bonus short stories from Australia will entertain you.
Pavel the Walker
At 16, he walked out. There was nothing to keep him at home. He walked till the money ran out. Then worked, saved and walked again until the money ran out. He was still walking at 30 in another continent when he met a girl. Falling in love stopped him walking-for a time. He wandered on.
Muriel and Udolpho
A young actress celebrates her stage debut. She has another first that day, an infatuation that becomes her downfall and lifelong obsession: Udolpho Wolfe. Redemption comes after a crisis. But Udolpho is never far away….
If you’re good for a laugh, wear a name badge in Tasmania. Otherwise-don’t
Read My Shorts
A collection of ten Australian short stories that aims to make you laugh, a little scared, think and smile.
Kurt Ulmer's favorite authors on Smashwords
Smashwords book reviews by Kurt Ulmer
- The Art Teacher
on April 24, 2011
I like a short story writer who makes me read all of the work to the end. Joe Combs has a story to tell and does it well and free of invectives. My only criticism is his explanation of his schooldays. His description is the adult in him explaining to us that particular teacher’s ways of inspiring his charges. It would have been nicer and closer to hear him remember his schooldays speaking as a child. What did this teacher draw? What couloured chalk did he use. I want to know!!! What enthralled you? How did you feel?
Comb is a breath of fresh air in a landscape of free downloads fouled with porn disguised as erotica. Wot? No zombies? Where are the vampires? Where are the expletives? Ah. None of the above in this story. He doesn’t need crutches. Just a nicely structured story with a gentle hook early on and a proper conclusion.