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Larry Votava is an Australian author who lives in Perth.
The Mahogany Ship novel, although fiction, has some truth to it — the legend of the Mahogany Ship does exist, fishermen having sighted the boat high and dry on a beach near Port Fairy Victoria in 1836. There were numerous sightings in the years afterwards, but eventually the shipwreck disappeared into the sand or myth. The author, as a child, holidayed with his family for fourteen years at the caravan park at Port Fairy — hence the camp ground setting. Some of the kids' exploits in the novel did actually happen. As a whole though, the novel is a work of fiction.
The Mahogany Ship novel is the first published novel of the author, but not the first written novel. That belongs to The Nullarbor, which will be reedited and self-published soon.
The author is now working on his third novel about a corrupt stockbroker in Perth.
As always the author's love of the ocean manages to sneak its way into each novel.