Keith McTaggart


Keith taught science for a long time and wrote some science stuff. While writing Flushing Dunnies for Melbourne Water and Science Teachers Association of Victoria, he discovered from Chris Simpson and Paul Saddler that there had once been a shanty town on Collingwood Flat, full of refugees from the gold fields at Ballaarat. This happened in what is often called the most liveable city in the world these days. So it had to be rough, smelly, tracks rutted in summer, mud in winter, sewage emptied in streets and of course a hotbed of crime with some crims just a bit more powerful and controlling than others. It screamed of novel material and here it is - Collingwood Flat. Also available on Smashwords is a novel for [about] eleven year old boys and girls - a slightly old-fashioned adventure with sailing themes and brave kids.
Sailing? Yes, Keith loves it and the profile photo shows a freezing old codger working in winter on his boat, Elixir, a 10 metre yacht of great age. Chris [not the one mentioned above] likes the sunny part of sailing and Rosie the cat thinks humans need to go sailing and leave her in the warmth with food, just returning home to let her chase rabbits for entertainment and the occasional chewy [disgusting] meal.

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often via previous print books I've read, but I follow lots of writers on twitter, have friends who are never short of a suggestion and I am a member of Writers Victoria. And browsing - there is so much joy in browsing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading of course, but what? I am a genre specific publisher's nightmare, but I read a lot of crime fiction with a fancy for skilled writing - Dexter's Morse, the wonderful Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin's Rebus, Val McDermid's broken Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Garry Disher's crime but I found "Her" exquisite and troubling..
But what else? Fantasy - Donaldson, Eddings, C.S. Pacat. Rowling from Harry through the parish council to the limping private eye - such a genius giving so much pleasure to millions. Non fiction of course brings us to sailing and boats -reading about them, painting the bottom with antifoul [not all beer and skittles], cruising Bass Strait after careful check of the weather forecast, volunteering at sailability for the disabled when I can. Then there's roses and tomatoes in the garden, cooking and house management and now it is time to feed the cat, because she has just appeared between me and the screen. Doh!
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Where to find Keith McTaggart online


Alex and the Submarine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,140. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Alex [13] is steering Elixir, a yacht on the start of an adventure, sailing from Western Port to Apollo Bay with his sister Jess [11] and his grandfather. An innocent encounter with a submarine becomes dangerous when Granddad Morgan is injured - the meeting may have been innocent but the sub certainly wasn't. Alex and Jess and new friend Tam must outsmart nasty drug smugglers to survive.
Collingwood Flat
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,140. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Bodyguard Mick Conlon lives in 1860 slum Collingwood Flat, Melbourne. He is thrust into a detective role and must solve an explosives murder and find the evil man who ordered it. Trainee Conlon is coached by lover Annie, bar and brothel keeper. Mates Gul and Scratcher help too. Can Conlon’s team combine first to survive, then to save their fledgling city from corrupt takeover?

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