Wayne Marinovich


Wayne Marinovich is an author and wildlife photographer who grew up on a farm in South Africa and spent most of his young life outdoors, learning and developing his passion for the natural world. When he was not fishing, bird watching, riding his bike or climbing trees, he was running around on top of the barn roof, fighting imaginary villains.

After a successful career as an IT consultant which saw him travel to all the places he loves writing about, he settled in the leafy county of Surrey, England where he now resides with his wife and fellow photographer, Anneli.

His passion lies with conservation and environmental issues which affect both humans and the natural world alike, and he is most happy photographing and writing about the planet's beauty and fragility.

Currently he is working on the Kyle Gibbs series, an environmental piece set in a future climate-changed world. The first three books in the series have been published and he is currently working on the fourth. Wayne is also working on a portfolio of environmental novellas and short stories, the latest release being, Floodlanders, a teenager's tragic journey in a flooded London.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
To me, cover design has to be a partnership with a quality cover designer. I generally have a rough idea of what I want, I send him a blurb + synopsis of the book, sit back and wait for his suggestions. They are usually a gazillion times better that what I had in mind , so we work with his ideas.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Leviathan - John Gordon Davies.
A book about eco-terrorists and the whaling industry. I read this as a 12 year old and it set me on the path as a conservationist and Wildlife photographer. Have read all of John Gordon Davis's books, and they continue to be classics to me

My family and other animals - Gerald Durrell
We did this at school as it was on the syllabus. Living on a farm, I used to also love collecting all the spiders, crabs, snakes and other critters and bring them into my menagerie in my room. I could relate to the author here, although My mother didn't always agree.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know - Ranulph, Fiennes,
This man is simply the greatest living explorer and adventurer around. The title says it all. At 70 plus, he is still going and anyone who thinks his accomplishments aren't that grand - try running 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.

The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War - Greg Marinovich
Its the country that I grew up in. Sad, violent, wonderfully diverse and forgiving. 4 extremely talented photographers documenting the changes in South Africa as it transitioned from Apartheid to fledgling democracy

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche,
My bible.
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Where to find Wayne Marinovich online


Hudson Drake Action Thriller
This series follows young millionaire, Hudson Drake, as he discovers that his inherited wealth can be better used to fight for the rights of animal species, than living the high-life he is being pushed towards. Set in different areas around the planet, he travels with the group of eco-revolutionaries he funds, to protest, and if needs be, destroy operations that endanger wildlife ecosystems.
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Journey of Kyle Gibbs
Brought up tough in a Scottish fishing village, Kyle Gibbs, was always going to have an abrasive and uncompromising outlook in life. After serving in the military, and ending up in the SAS, he becomes disconcerted with serving a flaccid Government in a changing world which seems to be heading towards a climate change catastrophe. He joins a group of powerful billionaires in attempt to find his place in an ever-changing world, and that’s when disaster strike. Betrayed by the men he serves, he must escape prosecution to clear his name without getting embroiled in the global race for the last remaining nuclear resources on the planet
Price: Free!


Series: Hudson Drake Action Thriller. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,560. Language: British English. Published: March 20, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In Taiji, Japan, Hudson Drake and his friends are peacefully protesting against the annual dolphin slaughter. A few days into the protest, he meets the intoxicating Eleena Garcia, who opens his eyes to the appalling scale of the massacre. Enthralled by her passion to end the killing, Hudson is forced to make a choice. Stay with his friends or follow Eleena down a dark and dangerous path?
Series: The Journey of Kyle Gibbs, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,470. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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With the growing threat of a major climate change event, a group of billionaire businessmen are doing all in their power to control the earth’s remaining critical resources. Will ex-SAS soldier, Kyle Gibbs join these visionaries and help them pursue their relentless obsession despite the risks? Could joining them contribute to his downfall? Book 1 in the Kyle Gibbs Series

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