Nicholas J. Ordinans


I was born in Staffordshire, England and worked as a zoo keeper specialising in the care of wild cats, birds of prey and reptiles. I now live in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia and write multi-genre fiction in which 'ordinary people deal with the extraordinary'.

I am also working on an account of my three decades as a zoo keeper in both England and Australia, which is to be entitled 'Whose Zoo?'.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the English West Midlands and the place and period have certainly shaped the setting and attitudes of a number of my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I made my first attempts at writing fiction when I was fifteen years old. I had gathered a great deal of information about the American 'Old West' and decided to put it to use by writing a Western novel. It was never finished, but the process revealed to me the joys of writing fiction.
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Home Run
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,580. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Doug Preston returns home late one night to find his wife, Anne, missing without explanation. When threats and violence follow, Doug follows her trail from Australia back to England. How many twists can there be before Doug finally discovers the truth about what happened to Anne?
The Celluloid Kid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,700. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In his imagination, Trevor Newell is a hero. Though the world around him in the English Midlands of the 1970s sees only a colourless bank cashier. How will The Celluloid Kid cope when his fantasies are invaded by real world violence?
Whingeblade - The Soo-nar Stories Volume One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,170. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Soo-nar is the last of the lion-eagles and Nowan, the prince who must save her. But he doesn't really want to. He hates responsibility and his demonsword ‘Whingeblade’ would rather soak in hot oil than do any actual work. But, there is no-one else. Someone has to save the world, don't they?
Where There Be Tygers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: Australian English. Published: October 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Ex-zookeeper and rainforest living recluse, Lewis believes, like nearly everyone else, that the legendary Tasmanian Tiger has long been extinct. But one day, on a walk through the tall gum trees, he witnesses a terrible event that will change everything: his life, the lives of those around him and the legend of Australia’s pouched wolf.

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  • The No Nonsense Guide to Novel Writing on July 04, 2013

    An excellent, no-nonsense approach to writing a novel. Damn you, now I have had to buy 'Desolation Boulevard' on the strength of this well written work :)
  • Custer at the Alamo on July 22, 2013

    I am no expert on either Custer or the Alamo, but I found this speculative work to be engaging and informative in equal measure. Experiencing events through Custer's viewpoint was an interesting exercise and I was delighted that Davy Crockett was depicted as the sympathetic character I fondly recall from the monochrome TV adventures of my childhood. A thoroughly enjoyable read.