I love to write!!
I have just graduated my studies with a Diploma in Creative writing (2017) and already hold a diploma in NZ Drama too (1998). I am also a narrator with many variances in characters.
My mind is active, my fingers are too. I love my family (six kids) and my wife also.
I wear many hats, one is a ghost-writers hat, and another is an voice actor/narrator, in case you're interested.
We live in beautiful New Zealand — a land flowing with milk and honey. It's a great place to be.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me; what I mean by that statement is this . . .'if someone has taken the time to look at some of my work, and find they love it (or not), then I have made a connection that I may never have made before. This simple act shows me that there are real people out there, who have real interests and stories of their own and yet, they have considered me and mine. Wow! That is so cool!
What are you working on next?
I am nearly finished a teen 'paranormal' story about a young girl (whom I don't reveal her name until the sixth chapter) which has been killed (in the first chapter; so uncouth!) and this is her journey through the earth as a ghost. She learns some hard truths about life as she goes and also also that there are indeed supernatural enemies . . . and they're hell-bent on destroying all - and anyone that they fancy. Look out for "The Girl That Was Buried in Her Ball Gown." I'm sure you'll love it!
I was blessed to be given an opportunity to be interviewed by our local TV Station, ‘Channel North’, about my latest novel ‘The Girl Who Was Buried in Her Ball Gown’. Here is the said interview… I hope you like it
The key thing to always bear in mind with voice acting and audio works is to fight the chief enemy of recordings… and that is ‘noise’. Electronic hum, fan noise, bumps, bangs, bad weather, echos and lawnmowers… whatever. So, I’ve developed a small recording space that gives you plenty of room to gesture wildly within, as you articulate that most dramatic audio book of Movie Trailer.
On the evening of the junior high school ball, a young girl experiences her first kiss. During the amazing, yet awkward moment, something goes horribly wrong and her life is turned completely upside down. Soon she realises that her new existence has been severed from the usual humdrum of a typical teenage girl, and that she has been hurled into the unpredictable world of the supernatural
Heart-beats rise and minds rage as strange noises are heard from out side the canvas-fort of the two young cousins within. What is wandering around, sniffing their sanctuary and threatening their safety? And will they come out of this alive?
Bonus Short Story included: Any Bloody Idiot
Published: October 7, 2014.
Fiction » Historical » General
(4.33 from 6 reviews)
This story includes a complimentary 'Dramatic AudioBook.'
Origins Halloween. Divulge into the sinister past of the 'All-hallows-eve' celebrations, if you dare.
Follow a small mountain-dwelling family into the nightmare they never knew was upon them; until it was too late. Will they survive, or will they pass away into history like so many others before them?
A violent storm blows into Stingray Bay while siblings try to break the holiday boredom in their parents caravan. Suddenly, they find themselves thrust into a sub-sea mission with unexpected twists and turns. They have been hurled into the sea from the cliffs. Soon, they are struggling against the clock in a dangerous journey which they could never have imagined. This is survival of the fittest.
There are two kingdoms; the Kingdom of LIFE, and the Kingdom of DEATH. The Kingdom of Light, and the Kingdom of Darkness: Positive, negative; blessings and curses and Gods word is the most powerful weapon we have to wage our warfare of our daily living.
English (New Zealand dialect).
Published: November 21, 2010.
Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Three siblings are blown off the cliffs of Stingray bay, they find themselves caught up in a treacherous sub-sea mission. An endless abyss wishes to crush them and giant sea monsters desire to sink their teeth into them. A daring rescue plan is hatched and it's up to the children to make the tough decisions, to risk everything for a stranger they neither know, nor trust. Is he an enemy, or foe?
Trio of Horrors: Three Tales from the Holocaust
on Aug. 25, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. I have read a few books about the holocaust but was always annoyed, or disappointed that the Jews never seemed to fight back. Now I believe some Did try to fight back. However difficult it must have been. Some Did at least try as I read here.
How To Build A Home Recording Studio
on Dec. 15, 2013
An informative book and it is easy to read. Very helpful, however I think it is too expensive for only 6000 words. I think it would be much better value if it includes his other book - Home brew audio. I also bought that book and found it - in some ways, MORE helpful. If I were to buy it again, and got both books, I would then have given it a five star.
Fires of Prophecy: The Morcyth Saga Book Two
on Dec. 15, 2013
I don't know how you get away with such terrible writing, yet I'm a little hooked too Brian. You tell a great story however aweful the grammer might be and the present tense style sometimes annoying. However people like to relax and read - with your books you can do just that. Not sure whether to say well done or not. I choose well done.
Making Tracks: A Writer's Guide to Audiobooks (and How to Produce Them) Second Edition
on May 08, 2014
Dan - You are the MAN! This book is EXCELLENT!! Very helpful, you know your stuff. I was at first sceptical about buying this book as it was more than I wanted to spend - but I tell you, it was worth every penny. I am working on turning some of my own work into audio books and was not sure about MANY things, but Dan has really helped me with this publishing. Highly recommended! Press BUY - you won't be disappointed! (Okay now Dan - pay up for my review, he he - just kidding. I am genuinely thrilled.)
Smashwords Style Guide
on Nov. 20, 2014
Mark gives you no nonsense, fantastic advice for all would be Indies authors. I have found he is clear-cut and very helpful. Value for money? absolutely it's FREE!
You deserve to do well Mark, and thank you. :)
on June 01, 2018
I enjoyed this 'back to the future' time traveling story about a young man (Buck or Tony, take your pick) who is a genius, and has developed a time traveling device. He writers a letter to a close friend of his (Claire) but she doesn't realise that the letter had been sent, 20 years earlier. As she comes to his plea for help in the letter, she witnesses him disappearing while wrestling with another man. We soon learn that Buck, has indeed traveled back in time, to a period a couple of years before he was even born.
Here, Buck rediscovers a new life apart from Claire and falls for another woman, Erin. How is he ever going to explain this to Claire? Will it end badly, or is this fate?
This 'romp across time' is certainly a fun one with all kinds of curly twists and hidden surprises. The only qualm I have is that the present tenses POV make it a little difficult to follow, if you can't be forgiving of it. Mind you, it's difficult to write about the past, when it is your present, and when the future is also your present... You'd better read this one to see what I mean.
The Bag of Life
on Aug. 21, 2018
Short, sharp and sweet! A riveting short story with a gnarly-ole' twist to it... a can o' worms (or perhaps, something larger). Can someone live for hundreds of years and never age? Can a curse turn into a sort of blessing, or is a curses blessing, a curse in itself? Tricky questions and unexpected answers lie within these pages. If you like a twist that takes some nutting out and a little magic, then this tale could be for you. Warning... don't go into the silo!
It's a quick read that will either get you running for cover, or have you entranced until the brutal end.
A New Kind of Zeal
on Dec. 20, 2019
I enjoyed this book and was glad to have received a copy of it. The story is a fictitious re-iteration of the time of Christ and the Gospel story, but set in modern day New Zealand.
Tristran has been hardened by the army and by his father who is the Anglican Arch Bishop, living a hypocritical life.
Global warming is causing droughts, food shortages and an unstable world, possibly on the brink of WWlll which Tristran has had a first hand taste of while serving overseas.
He has come home with plenty of hate and hurt to a place he barely recognises and a family that has pretty much disintegrated, yet while he is hitchhiking north he is picked up by another man of God who ultimately introduces him to Joshua, a type of Jesus.
Tristran's journey takes a few unexpected turns which leads him to a decision he wished he could back out of, but his hand is forced. What happens after his terrible decision causes the country to plummet into further chaos and turmoil.
I heard the audiobook version of this and the narrator did a fine job of it, the pace was good, the character and story development easy to follow and in general, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
This audiobook was given to me at my request in exchange for an honest review