Paul Vanderloos

Biography

Paul is a journalist, sub editor and author living in Mackay, on the central Queensland coast of Australia. He has had numerous articles published in newspapers and magazines, published a fantasy novel, had his stage play performed, and his poetry published in anthologies.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a bush suburb of Brisbane and was the youngest of three girls and three boys. Most of the time I was left to my own devices, so this gave me plenty of time to be creative. I wrote lots of poetry at first, and had the occasional go at a story. I mostly loved science fiction and stories about an outback Aboriginal detective called Boney. As a young teenager I would sometimes have a friend over or would stay over at a friend's home, and we would invent scenarios using dinky cars or go bush and imagine we were being pursued by enemies. There was plenty of story material, and I later filled notebooks with people's sayings as well as ideas for stories.
When did you first start writing?
It was probably when I was in primary school that I started to write. I can recall writing about all the planets of the solar system, imagining what they were like, then taking my exercise book with me into play scenarios of space travel. I also created a code using symbols of squares, triangles and diamonds with numbers then wrote letters in code to my best friend.
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Books

Green Ants and Yam
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of whimsical poetry, which have been performed at the Mackay Writers Poets in the Pub functions each year.
The Wizard's Sword
By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,550. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00)
The simple life of the erfin people is turned upside down when one curious erfin, Mirrortac, finds an old warrior's sword in the woods. The sword leads to a meeting with an otherworldly stranger and a mission to save all the worlds from an encroaching evil.

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Smashwords book reviews by Paul Vanderloos

  • Long Days in Paradise - The First Book of the Shards of Heaven on Aug. 01, 2011

    Jorden Miles is just an ordinary teenager minding his own business when he inadvertedly steps through a portal to another world. Physically, he feels a lot better, no more of that illness he has been suffering, but the Domain is never what it seems. I found myself absorbed in Jorden's dilemma in adjusting to a world that at first seemed like paradise, but fast turns into a nightmare. Trapped, he endeavours to find his way home, but in his journey, he makes a friend who he doesn't want to let go. Even his friend is not what she seems. This is a well crafted fantasy tale that keeps me on the edge till the end, with its surprising twists and revelations. I must move on to book 2. A great read.
  • Otters In Space on Aug. 14, 2011

    This is a delightful read about cats, dogs and otters in a world abandoned by humans. The characters were so aptly fleshed out and personified.
  • Otters In Space on Aug. 14, 2011

    This is a delightful read about cats, dogs and otters in a world abandoned by humans. The characters were so aptly fleshed out and personified.
  • Bukwyrld - The Short Story on Aug. 22, 2011

    I originally read Tim's story some years ago, and enjoyed it then. I still enjoyed his play on making the characters aware of the 'author' and the concept that we are all characters and authors. This story is humorous and clever. Loved it!
  • The Face of Destiny - The Third Book of the Shards of Heaven on Nov. 13, 2011
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    Amos T. (Tim) Fairchild takes you on a rollercoaster ride in The Face of Destiny. In a series of thrilling dips and startling turns, Tim takes you and his ever-suffering character Jorden through a topsy-turvy ride through shard worlds that each have a piece of the puzzle that is Jorden's life after it was shattered into a confusing collection of bits scattered throughout thousands of years. Jorden can be forgiven in wondering what is or is not real, but he takes it in his stride, through tragedy, humour, romance and dire circumstances that threaten to end his life ... or is it lives? In his third book in the series Shards of Paradise, Tim creates such an intricate web of convolutions that the reader doesn't know what to expect next, but is eager to find out. Once you start reading this book, you can't put on the brakes ... you have to take this ride to its terminus where all the pieces finally come together to surprise you. Mind you, like the rollercoaster, you may have to recover from this dizzying literary run. Great reading!
  • The Face of Destiny - The Third Book of the Shards of Heaven on Nov. 13, 2011

    Amos T. (Tim) Fairchild takes you on a rollercoaster ride in The Face of Destiny. In a series of thrilling dips and startling turns, Tim takes you and his ever-suffering character Jorden through a topsy-turvy ride through shard worlds that each have a piece of the puzzle that is Jorden's life after it was shattered into a confusing collection of bits scattered throughout thousands of years. Jorden can be forgiven in wondering what is or is not real, but he takes it in his stride, through tragedy, humour, romance and dire circumstances that threaten to end his life ... or is it lives? In his third book in the series Shards of Paradise, Tim creates such an intricate web of convolutions that the reader doesn't know what to expect next, but is eager to find out. Once you start reading this book, you can't put on the brakes ... you have to take this ride to its terminus where all the pieces finally come together to surprise you. Mind you, like the rollercoaster, you may have to recover from this dizzying literary run. Great reading!