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.
by Bill Swiggs
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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