Some would suggest that writing for advertising and marketing for 20 years has been fertile ground for me to grow as a speculative fiction writer. After all, great advertising copy transports an audience to another place. My first novel, "Tobol", had been germinating in my imagination for much of that time and is the realisation of a compelling desire to tell a story that I was passionate about. The frequently destructive and negative social force of organised religion, the manipulation of faith, the development and unquestioning acceptance of new technologies and the power of global corporations is a potent brew that lends itself to many more speculative scenarios. Now all I need to do is write them.
Simon Tolhurst is a suburban Australian kid dealing with friends, parents, teachers and his first girlfriend. Many of the adults around him seek regular solace from a ubiquitous appliance called Tobol. His girlfriend and her father reveal that Tobol is not what it seems, leading to a cascading sequence of events that result in a global catastrophe for which Simon is a catalyst.