Born in Scotland in 1950 and raised in the coalmining communities of Scotland and England, T.D. McKinnon joined the British Parachute Regiment when he was just fifteen years old. After spending five years in the British army he worked at a number of occupations including bus driver, furnace-man, builder's labourer, roofer, bouncer, storeman, car salesman, life guard, aquatics manager, private investigator and for many years he was in high risk security: event and venue security, close personal protection, cash and gem escort and armed, rapid response for a national bank group.
Training in the martial arts for most of his life and becoming a master in several forms he represented at national level, both in Scotland and Australia, and became a national referee. As well as teaching and instructing in the private sector, he taught at government and private schools; also in the corporate sector (security industry).
T.D. McKinnon has a daughter, Amanda, living in England, sons, Stuart and Steven McKinnon, living in Syney Australia.
Whilst at school T.D. McKinnon displayed a natural talent for writing, but it wasn't until the 1980s, after moving to Australia, that he began writing again. Initially writing for his own enjoyment, after having publications in the 'Letters to the Editor' columns of several Sydney newspapers, the inevitable, delayed budding of his writing career began. Following articles published in 'Impact, Blitz and 'Combat', martial arts magazines, and 'The Green Earth', an environmental newspaper, he began submitting short stories to various magazines e.g. 'Cosmopolitan' etc.
T.D. McKinnon writes in several genres including action/thriller, speculative fiction, memoir and historical fiction. Thomas is now writing full time and has completed 'Surviving the Battleground of Childhood', 'I Was a Teenage Devil - But I'm Alright Now!', 'John Farrell Is Utrinque Paratus', 'Heather Skye Wilson Is the Psychic Warrior', and 'Terra Nullius'.
T.D. presently lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife Zoë, a professional actor, singer and dancer. Zoë is the editor of T.D.'s works; additionally she designs and creates the book covers.
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By T.D. McKinnon
Published: December 9, 2011.
Trucannini witnessed the rape or mutilation and murder of her mother, sisters, brother and fiancé, and was pack raped herself by her sixteenth year. In her lifetime, she saw her entire race (who’d taken care of their land for forty thousand years or more) all but obliterated. That it occurred is beyond comprehension; but that it was then, and to this day, conveniently forgotten beggars belief!
Heather Skye Wilson Is the Psychic Warrior
By T.D. McKinnon
Published: December 8, 2011.
2087 AD: During a traumatic abduction, twelve year old Heather experiences a phase of psychic development that saves her life. Destined by her abilities, genetic heritage and inclinations, in a few short years, she is an integral part of 'World Unity'. From Atlantis to a newly settled land, Antarctica, the action comes thick and fast in this multidimensional, speculative, futuristic thriller.
John Farrell Is Utrinque Paratus
By T.D. McKinnon
Published: December 7, 2011.
This action packed thriller is a compelling, character driven, gritty tale, taking you on a rollercoaster ride from John’s coalmining roots in County Durham to Aldershot, home of the British army, and to war torn Belfast; from London to the poverty ridden streets of Mexico City; from inside the infamous Wormwood Scrubs to the South of France, to Glasgow, the Scottish Highlands, Berlin & Bangkok.
I Was a Teenage Devil - But I'm Alright Now!
'Teenage Devil' is the sequel to 'Surviving', but it stands on its own, dealing with a different set of, no less significant, moral issues. And it's still a story about growing up. On one occasion, an old devil comes-a-calling (a predator, disguised in the form of a senior RAF officer) and Thomas decides to commit the ultimate sin! Fully committing himself to the task, can he actually take a life?
Surviving the Battleground of Childhood
Beaten by his father from his earliest memories, sexually molested by two grandfathers; Thomas battled through his childhood, confronting serious challenges, leaning how to be a survivor. Piecing together fragments of his memories he paints a highly picturesque portrait of his developing personality. A poignant and very personal story, sensitively written; there is a lesson here for everyone.
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- Paths of Exile
on May 01, 2012
Carla Nayland’s ‘Paths of Exile’ takes place in a land of many Kingdoms, on a vast island that will one day become England, Scotland and Wales: the United Kingdom. The author very cleverly paints a crisp, clear glimpse of an opaque period of Britain’s history. This is where historical fiction - the active, conjecturing mind of an author who is familiar with all the available facts of a certain period - does what no amount of history lessons can ever achieve: it brings an era to life.
This tale of loyalty, treachery, murder, revenge, escape and pursuit, in 7th century post-Roman, pre-Norman Britain (sometimes known as the early ‘Dark Ages’) also has just a smidgen of romance thrown in for good measure. The story is woven around some authentic historical characters (filled out to full living colour), including the main protagonist, along with some vivid entities from the author’s fertile imagination. With great attention to detail (the author is certainly au fait with this period); this is a beautifully crafted story.
For me personally, being just a boy at heart, the only area this superbly crafted tale fell short (and believe me it did not detract from my enjoyment) was not taking full advantage of the many battle/fighting opportunities that the author herself provided. Regardless, ‘Paths of Exile’ is still worth five stars.