Early in life I was an avid reader with a fascination for history and spirituality and if there is one favourite book, perhaps its Autobiography of Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Actually, I read very few e-books or any others these days as I am busy researching for future books to write
Describe your desk
Perhaps a little untidy but I know exactly where everything is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural New Zealand but it was only later in life that I realised that this had given me a natural distance between myself and what we perceive as civilisation. This gave me an insight into the human condition which of course led to deeper self-study.
When did you first start writing?
I guess that unlike many people, writing simply became an option to put food on the table back in the 1990s
What's the story behind your latest book?
Jayne blonde is a modern superwoman in love with life and this amazing space we call our universe. She is natural, organic, equally at home indulging her senses or sinking into deep meditations that may last for days. She escapes those who influenced her creation and begins to build her own life in the modern world. If readers like this story enough, I will continue to describe how Jayne emerges from life as a street in book 1 and builds a life that would make James Bond envious. In these stories, it's not just about the guys getting lucky Jayne also enjoys that deep sensual intimacy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of life and being alive, isn't that enough?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a family house and garden to look after
How do you see civilisation?
I am one of millions who think that civilisation is an experiment gone wrong. The way the modern world is going, we are moving rapidly towards complete self annihilation and the loss of everything we have ever dreamt of. Today we live in a world where 20% of the population consumes 80% of the produce yet everyday a third of the worlds population, that's some 2 billion or so people don't have enough to eat. Most of us in the top 20% have little influence as I must concur with others that say that our political system is rigged in favour of the top 1%.
What you say about civilisation sounds distressing, is there any kope?
Yes, there is an abundance of hope that requires that we all start to take notice of what it is to be human and our relationship with nature. Given the scale of our universe, we are totally insignificant and yet some of us take ourselves so seriously we have to control everyone else's lives. This is a kind of ignorance that causes so much suffering but to alleviate this, if we could persuade everyone to stop, to sit down and spend a few minutes meditating every day, to look inwards instead of outwards, this would put everyone in touch with nature and as a collective we had at least practice a form of harmlessness without sacrificing everything.
Does meditation really work?
I can attest that it works for me and within Hinduism whether tradition has been cultivated for perhaps tens of thousands of years, it has fostered knowledge and well-being that modern scientists are only beginning to grapple with today. Meditation is really a form of self-study through direct observation, it's a process of looking inwards and experiencing one's own being in relationship to everyone and everything else. You must try
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