Australian criminal lawyer and writer. Father. Brother. Son.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Oh the memories. I grew up in northern Australia, on the east coast. It was a wild place then and that hasn't changed much. The place is either bone dry or flooded depending on the season. It's always hot. Rugged mountains tumble down to the Pacific Ocean. The beaches are broad and often deserted. And crocs and sharks and stingers inhabit the warm waters of the Coral Sea. We were quite feral, my siblings and I. It was a dangerous and wild kind of childhood that really fired the imagination. It was an easy choice to set Murdering Point in the region.
When did you first start writing?
Primary School. Always crazy adventures: a shark monstering a coastal town (yes, before Jaws), a thirsty man lost in the parched outback, a WW2 fighter pilot shot down over the Pacific and stranded on a tropical island. I've written ever since. Short stories, travel articles, social commentary and novels.
A sweltering Australian town ignites when a women is raped. An Aborigine is arrested and lawyer Michael Doyle defends him. Doyle acts with practiced cynicism until Jo, an idealistic American joins the defence. She believes Lightning is innocent. Together they face threats and violence. The county burns and soon they fight not for justice but for life. They flee and make a stand at Murdering Point.