R. John Hermann was born on March 26th, 1953, and lived the early part of his life on a sugar cane farm near the city of Mackay in North Queensland. From an early age he was spiritually-minded, but came to reject organized religion after leaving secondary school. John travelled a lot during his twenties, and used the experiences gained as material for his first attempts at writing. He was successful in having a non-fiction work, ‘Signs' published in 1980. But the book did not sell. And it was not until 2015 that a novel, ‘These Last Days' was accepted for publication.
Be careful what you wish for, if Brendan Gallagher had heeded the old maxim, then his life wouldn't have changed, he wouldn't have met the love of his life and he certainly wouldn't have found spiritual enlightenment!