I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.
Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.
Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.
on Oct. 21, 2011 :
I didn't find this scary. I did find it to be very well written and absorbing. There is the element of good versus evil but for me it was not scary. Or was it? Maybe as a writer and educator I was paying too much attention to the writing and not the story itself. It was very much a can't put down story, always a sign of good, tight writing and excellent story construction. It made me want to know what it was all about and put it in some kind of context. I have read it twice now and will no doubt read it again. I will also be advising my 'Become A Published Author Course participants to read it alongside some other great stuff by some better known writers, but not necessarily better writers!
Perry Gamsby MA(Writing)
(review of free book)