Richard G Tomkies


Former journalist and entrepreneur Richard Tomkies traveled the world and immigrated to Canada and lived briefly in the United States where he has many connections. Now residing in the northern tropical part of Australia where he spends most of his time researching and writing books. His first book, "Cannibals' Gold" first published in 2000 and after being reprinted a number of times was rewritten and added to and is in it's 5th Edition, becoming a best seller. It even came to the attention of a TV producer who has stated that the story would make a great mini series.
The fourth,"Aussie Outback Yarns" is a book of short stories, many of which are humorous and mostly factual, although some may have been stretched a little in the telling - but they all make for great reading! More books have since been added, including a two non fiction books, - "Captured...The True Story of the Crew of the Ill-Fated Schooner, Nightingale" and "True Stories of Early Australia," both of which are being very well received by their readers. The author is always pleased to hear from his many readers and appreciates their critiques. Simply email him at:- or visit his website

Smashwords Interview

What prompted you to start writing books?
After leaving college I trained as a journalist. It has always been my ambition to write a book - even as far back as school - where English was my top subject. I never got to fulfill this ambition until I retired due to work commitments.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was while I was still a boy - it was a short story about a boy who was lost in Australia for some time before he was eventually found - safe and well.
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The Witchdoctor's Curse
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,340. Language: American English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Originally "Valley of the Damned" this popular book is now illustrated and rewritten. It portrays the life of a cattle rancher and his family in early Australia who transgress local Aboriginal folklore by building on sacred land, thereby invoking the wrath of the tribal witchdoctor, who places a curse on all who live there; until his American grandson arrives from the US 100 years later to farm it
True Stories of Early Australia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: Australian English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The result of much research into a bygone era this book is packed with fascinating stories which have hitherto been lost to time but now complete with old black and white and color photos it brings to life strange and unusual happenings of the period from the late 19th Century to the mid-20th. This book is a “must-read" for those who love well-researched historical non-fiction of early Australia.
Castaway Girl Romance and Murder on a Desert Island
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,990. Language: American English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Angelina Lacey in 1845 escapes Sydney from a stepfather who keeps bedding her leaves with an ex-convict by yacht looking for romance and adventure. Surviving a shipwreck on a deserted island Angie is found by a cannibalistic Island Chief who weds her but she has to contend with a different outlook on sex. Her life changes drastically after being found naked in a pool by a visiting white fisherman
Death Stalks the Innocent Story of Serial Murders and Dangerous Sexual Liasions
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,020. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Set in New Zealand and inspired by events in NZ and Australia the story revolves around Rick a car salesman who becomes involved with his boss's wife after his Sales Manager dies in a hunting "accident" and like the other staff is an avid hunter. When Rick falls for the boss's wife's charms he is in serious trouble with his employer who is a suspect in several murders - but is he the real killer?
Death In Ten Seconds -The True Story of a Doomed Airliner
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
This true story reveals the cause of Pacific Southwest Airline's Flight 1771 after a sudden, and terrifying 700 mph plunge to earth on Dec 7, 1987 virtually obliterating the plane killing all 43 on board. NTSB and FBI forensic investigators search for clues in this fascinating and absorbing story which describes the solving of this giant puzzle, Will appeal to those interested in plane crashes.
CAPTURED...! Based on the True Story of the Crew ofthe Ill-Fated Schooner, 'Nightingale'
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,850. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » History of things
Based on the true story of a schooner bound for North Queensland in 1864 wih a load of sawn lumber and wrecked in a cyclone. The crew escape in a crude boat built from the lumber, but are eventually captured by a tribe of wild Aborigines.Enslaved, all except the Captain survive their harsh treatment. Befriended by a small tribe of friendly pygmies who assist them to eventully escape to freedom.
The Ghost of Cape York
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,160. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
The story begins during the Second World War on the shores of Australia's Cape York Peninsula, when a scouting Japanese Air Force Zero sights a Coastwatcher's hut. He attacks but receives crippling return fire from below. Over sixty years later the Coastwatcher's grandson and his friend while exploring this area makes an unusual find which connects him to his grandfather's wartime experiences.
Cannibals' Gold
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,030. Language: Australian English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Set in the wild and hard times of the 1870s this story describes in graphic detail the life of the gold-diggers in Austalia's far north amongst the fierce and cannibalistic Aborigines.This story although fictitious, is woven around actual historical events of the time. It describes the exploits of two prospectors as they gather a fortune in gold with a novel and dangerous but illegal method.
Aussie Outback Yarns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,090. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
(3.00 from 1 review)
A collection of short stories gathered around the vast and unique Australian Outback during the author's travels over the last few years. Reflecting typical Aussie humor they are mostly factual although some, doubtless, have been "stretched" a little in the telling years, but are in the tradition of fireside yarns of Australia and overseas, but whatever their origins they make for great reading!

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