Bill Swiggs


I grew up in Esperance, a fishing town in the remote south of Western Australia. I was 11 years old when my family moved there and there was no television at that time, so I developed a love of reading and outdoor activities like camping, sailing and snorkelling. At the age of 19 I joined the Royal Australian Airforce and served 14 years as an aviation firefighter, working at various bases around Australia. It was during my time in the Airforce that I first started dabbling with writing and had several short stories published in magazines. In 1996 I left the Airforce and became a police officer in my home state of Western Australia, working at several locations around the city. This career change was made more to ensure some geographical stability rather than a love of the job. Needless to say, policing wasn't for me. After several years I left the police force and now work as a firefighter for a defence contractor.
My wife Rhonda and I live near Donnybrook in the south-west of Western Australia where I divide my time between work, writing, flying and my grandchildren.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full-time as a firefighter for the Department of Defence, which takes up a lot of my time. When I'm not working, I am kept pretty busy on our 5 acre property. I'm also a member of the Bunbury Aero Club and like to get behind the controls of a plane whenever I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story called The Return of Darkie Gardiner. I was lucky enough to see it published in a magazine. They even paid me for it! I thought that was pretty cool at the time.
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Mekong Dawn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,310. Language: Australian English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, where the ghosts of the past are far from buried and forgotten, one man will battle his inner-demons to save his wife and help destroy a monster spawned in the blood-soaked grounds of the infamous Killing Fields.

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