Colin Crump


“My earliest memories of my life time of writing was during the polio epidemic around 1949. It was a bit scary, theatres and public meeting places were closed, likewise the Papakura School where I was just twelve years old. We were all put on home correspondence and the papers all came to us via the post. One of our papers asked us to write a short poem. I had no trouble with that and can still remember the verse which at the time drew attention from the teaching staff. It went:
The birds and the bees and the murmuring trees
Are calling me out to play
But I can’t go as well you know
For I’ve got to do school work today…
Besides writing, the piano is my best friend and the ivories get a tickle most days. I am 80 years old now, but my favourite hobby still is flying small aircraft. My favourite sport is squash, and I really enjoy fishing.
As for writing, well this morning I managed 2000 words towards my sixth novel. Most, if not all my writing is done at my home office desk, early mornings – 4-9am seems to be my best time for getting it all done.
The best part of writing for me, is coming up with a good story and getting it right, and of course there is the great satisfaction in re-reading the finished manuscript which at times I find hard to believe I wrote. Then once it is out there on the shelves and the readers’ feedback drifts back, that’s the thrill of it all. I’m sure I’ll keep on writing for years to come.
I always write with a movie in mind and look forward to seeing some of my books on the big screen and that would be the ultimate prize for me!”
Interview with Colin Crump. February 28, 2017

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Reel the Line Gently
Price: $4.34 USD. Words: 62,120. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017 and represented by IntrepidSparks. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Con Chignal wants more. At his lowest point, Con meets JJ – and JJ has a proposition Con can’t refuse. Money – lots of money – and a new love interest mean that Con should be a very happy man, but always having to look over your shoulder takes its toll. As Con soon learns, the drug business is a lot easier to get into than out of: once the line is cast there is no turning back.
Jason's Dunny
Price: $4.34 USD. Words: 59,010. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: May 21, 2017 and represented by IntrepidSparks. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
The second Novel from entrepreneur and raconteur, Colin Crump: Life is full of surprises. Big Floyd Johnston didn’t expect to find anything more interesting than a pig or two when he set off with his loyal dog on the morning of his seventieth birthday. And, even then, he hardly imagined that the untamed wilderness he stumbled upon that day would soon become his own personal adventure paradise...
The Thirsty Rooster
Price: $4.34 USD. Words: 95,850. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017 and represented by IntrepidSparks. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Peter Crowley is a great man operating a digger but, between trying to win Liz and building his own business, he's dug himself in over his head financially – now he's not in a position to turn down any digging jobs that come his way; not that the sort of people requiring his services would ever take ‘no’ for an answer. Meanwhile, how does his friend Martin choose between an exotic dancer and God?
In Endless Fear: A True Story
Price: $4.34 USD. Words: 42,270. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: May 16, 2017 and represented by IntrepidSparks. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Colin’s autobiography tells of a childhood tainted by a terrifying level of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a merciless father. But life was not entirely bleak and these pages also attest to days of almost idyllic freedom. Between the fear and the freedom the Crump siblings grew up to be strong, resiliant and self-reliant, at home in the New Zealand wilderness...

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