I have one grandfather who was a builder. My other grandfather was a stonemason and my father was a traditional blacksmith. Both my grandmothers had cooked for a living, one in a hotel and the other for well-to-do people. A career in construction or perhaps engineering or catering would have been obvious choices.
Instead, I spent 20 years in business and in mid life retrained myself. I chose to work with my hands as my father and grandparents had. I become a renowned woodcraftsman and founded with my wife an art and craft gallery in a Tasmanian tourist town. After 20 years there, we followed our children to mainland Australia to retire on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. I took up writing seriously in 2003.
Working with their hands, creating and shaping materials has occupied my forebear. From stone, to iron, to wood. Now I spend my time putting pen to paper. The medium is getting softer.
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Wherefore Love's Shadow?
by Kurt Ulmer
A dramatic thriller novel propelled forward by mystery, suspense and violence interspersed, necessarily so, with romance and erotica. He was looking for love in all the wrong places
Safe at a Distance
by Kurt Ulmer
The teenage lovers part-it will be only for a short five years. But others have different plans.They meet again in very different circumstances and discover a brutal truth. After that, will he ever be safe?
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- The Art Teacher
on April 24, 2011
I like a short story writer who makes me read all of the work to the end. Joe Combs has a story to tell and does it well and free of invectives. My only criticism is his explanation of his schooldays. His description is the adult in him explaining to us that particular teacher’s ways of inspiring his charges. It would have been nicer and closer to hear him remember his schooldays speaking as a child. What did this teacher draw? What couloured chalk did he use. I want to know!!! What enthralled you? How did you feel?
Comb is a breath of fresh air in a landscape of free downloads fouled with porn disguised as erotica. Wot? No zombies? Where are the vampires? Where are the expletives? Ah. None of the above in this story. He doesn’t need crutches. Just a nicely structured story with a gentle hook early on and a proper conclusion.