R Munro


A self-described Sydney-based sentient pocketful of stardust, Rob prefers to celebrate the universe with his creativity, be it painting, sculpting, drawing, casting metal, writing, or pretty much anything else involving making stuff. He has deep passions for art, history, chocolate, beautiful things, peace, love, cats, chocolate, great literature and chocolate.

Rob was born just in time for Woodstock but too young to get there and appreciate it, dammit. Rob is part-Scottish, part-German, mostly Australian, all mad and therefore an artist and writer with delusions of success.

A voracious devourer of books from a young age, Rob started writing stories around age ten. Growing up more physically than mentally, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English before starting his own small business, writing in his spare time. Now in the thick end of his forties, ill health has forced retirement from professional life, leaving him to work on his art and writing, which he would dearly love to do for a living.

He sells his art on Etsy and Bluethumb, and his writings on Amazon and Smashwords and Barnes & Noble and frankly anywhere else online.

He has dreams of being one of those rare creatures who can make a living from what they create, chiefly because health reasons keep him largely housebound and away from digging ditches, marshalling supermarket trolleys, cleaning up litter or other stellar career choices. Until he sells anything, he starves a lot.

Rob is scared of grasshoppers, door-knockers, spelling errors, horror movies, molten metal, fundamentalists and having to leave the house. Rob is not scared of spiders, snakes, things that go bump in the night, intelligent people or embarrassingly enormous wads of cash being handed to him.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh gosh - escape! LOL!

I'm a very creative person and always have been. I was drawing before I could walk. I depicted the world around me as I saw it rather than as I knew it as other youngsters did, and my art only got increasingly sophisticated as I got older. By ten I was writing. I read books all the time and love their stories. My own fantasies became so vivid I couldn't help myself and began composing all manner of stories for myself. I never treated it seriously and everything got filed away and later disposed of, but some I remember to this day and now I'm spending a little time revisiting them and even writing them afresh. I'm terribly unwell now, so writing is an opportunity to not have to worry about the mundane and pedestrian, to swoop and soar and feel alive again. That's joy for me.
What are you working on next?
I have a rather epic historical drama in the works, a new sci-fi for youngsters mapped out and if one book I have in the works is successful, maybe a sequel or two there. When I'm not writing, I paint, draw, sculpt and carve. I am seldom idle!
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Terror in the Ranks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,650. Language: Australian English. Published: October 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A “rollicking good”, “gripping, hectic roller-coaster” and “frenetic” thriller delving into a murky world of intrigue and suspense, as a senior agent of the Australian Federal Police uncovers a chilling conspiracy of political corruption and terrorism preparing to be unleashed upon the world.

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