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I was born in Stirling, Scotland and we emigrated to Australia when I was fifteen months old. I didn’t want to leave and apparently I cried a lot on the plane. There’s a vicious rumour that a missing loaf of bread had something to do with my parents leaving so suddenly, but my critics will do anything to discredit me! We settled in Melbourne and eventually the outer eastern suburb of Bayswater North. I started writing very early on because we had no television and I hate playing sports of any description. I’m one of those Aussies who’s never surfed, hates beaches in the summer and thinks cricket is the most boring game on the planet.
I finally got serious about writing in 1995 when my father was on life support and watching him waste away drove me to write something, anything to escape. After he died I just kept writing and haven’t stopped yet. I got my Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing in 1998 from Box Hill TAFE and got into writing web content. I’d cut my teeth on the old Australian Jodie Foster website, which no longer exists and no, we never met Jodie Foster but it would have been nice don’t you think? I wrote lots of short stories and started a few novels. In between I kept working full time on building sites and in factories. What else do you do with a Diploma of Arts?
I escaped Australia in 2003, I think there was an early release scheme going for frustrated ex Brits and I took it. I took the first train to Scotland and apart from brief excursions to England I tend to stay local, more or less. My first novel, The Boston Slasher was released in 2008 and my second book The Deepening Dark was released in December 2013. Angel of Mercy was released on July 1st, 2014 and I hope to release many more books on Smashwords over the next few years.
In the future I hope to win Euromillions, retire from full time employment and hire an army of minions to cater to my every need but until then I’ll have to keep on writing and publishing. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed writing them. Don’t forget to leave a review, even if it’s only a few words because feedback is something I always look forward to.
Josephine O Brien
on July 10, 2014 :
A complicated tale, weaving time and emotions into an intricate story that is involving and satisfying.
(reviewed the day of purchase)