G McDougall


After extensive travel and teaching expérience, Garry won Australian ecoturism, commmunity project and literary prizes and grants for his NSW Bicentennial 'Great North Walk' 250km walking track) and proprietorship of Great Australian Walks. His creative work over many years includes
* numerous photography and painting exhibitions
* poetry performance and articles in popular and literary contexts
* ten eBooks and six paperbacks, including two novels.
His first novels 'Belonging' is a fictional-biography of a 'black doctor' in colonial Australia. In 'Forgetting and Remembering' an indigenous-death-in-custody and the disappearance of a Bicentennial official cause merry-hell on an outback township. His current work, 'Knowing Simone', in 1860's France, set in the last years of its dictatorial 'Third Empire', an anarchist on-the-run meets a powerful women in a precarious situation. Patrice sets out to 'know' Simone, their unlikely alliance involving sex, perversity, intrigue and betrayal. A case of dynamite romance that rocks the Empire.
Garry is current president of the Balmain Institute, a member of 'That Authors Collective' and 'Diverse' poetry group. He lives in the great and beautiful Sydney.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In bed! My other interests are long-distance walking, great food, reading maps, taking photographs, cycling, painting, politics and travel. I've been travelling since an early age, hitchhiking locally from the age of sixteen, overseas at eighteen. I tasted liberty in mind, spirit and geography - at first to escape my father- and as a way of seeing other people and places. An interest in maps, food and photography sit together nicely. Eventually, I collected stories and experiences that made-up my Pilgrimage series. But there's a lot more stories to be told.
What is your writing process?
Obsessive. I have to 'be there', 'live it'. There has to be a central narrative idea that drives the story. It is an entirely messy process that only becomes itself through repeated editing, an obsessive amount. It is only finished when I am sick of it the fifth or fifteenth time. Writing for me is exciting, dangerous and painful. I cannot always tell what will happen next. The engine takes me there. However with 'Knowing Simone', set in C19th France, there is additional work in living in a time, place and culture so different from my own. Additional research have transitioned into a more solid planning process. Currently inspired by Emile Zola, a great storyteller.
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Where to find G McDougall online

Where to buy in print


Knowing Simone 2
Price: Free! Words: 11,680. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 29, 2015. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
A young surveyor, Patrice, is a 24 yr old with a false identity. Wandering the French countryside, he meets Simone, a Pyrenees mine owner with mysterious connections to Paris and Napoleon III's government (1851-70). As their liaison develops - he's 21, she's 36 - Patrice struggles to discover her secrets, challenged by the power of sex, politics and freedom in Imperial France.
Knowing Simone
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,700. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 4, 2015. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Anarchist on-the-run, Patrice, is a 24 yr old with a false identity. Wandering the French countryside, he meets Simone, a Pyrenees mine owner, with a mysterious Parisian past. As their passionate and uneven liason develops - she's 36 - their unlikely alliance will rock the foundations of the French Third Empire or destroy them. This is Part One.
Inner Flash
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,670. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
'Je suis Charlie' and 'Wear White this Morning'; and thirty-one other short stories and poems, including the wonderful Wyee, Tipsy, Patting the Dog and Tribute to Kiama. "For colour, word play and an outstanding use of rhythm, Garry's work is unbeatable."
Along the Way
Series: Pilgrimage, 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Prizewinning poetic travel in France and Spain including 'To San Domingo de la Calzada' and 'Tribute to Decazeville'. 'Icehouse', 'And Merriment Tonight' and 'Nogaro Rugby'. 'There is no option. Six stars…' Fanstory reader.plus “beautiful poetic writing", with “inspired metaphor, written “to a breathless walking rhythm”. Judge's assessment.
Journey to the Ardeche
Series: Pilgrimage, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,830. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Journeying to the Ardeche via the Languedoc's Pont St Espirit. Dazzling, energetic travel writing by award-winning author G McDougall, includes 'Icehouse' and 'And Merriment Tonight'.
Pilgrimage Five
Series: Pilgrimage, 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
In a thrilling use of language, Pilgrimage's marvellous short stories of French and Spanish towns and pilgrim travel will inspire you. Include are 'Crave Love' (on Pezanas), 'The Power and ' (on Albi), A Trouser Ecology and other lyrical & poetic stories from Nyons, Venterol, Valraes, St Domingo de Calzada, Bilbao, Nogaro and Aigues Mortes in Provence. Incl. web references, videos, and photograph
Forgetting and Remembering
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,350. Language: Australian English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
What happens when the law and distance fails its people? An outback murder mystery turned upside down, down under. When a corrupt Bicentennial official disappears in an outback Australian town, only Kev plays detective. But at what price? Police, petty criminals, activists and ambitious souls, all have their own agendas. Soon everyone pays.
Pilgrimage Towns and Tales: Camino France and Spain
Series: Pilgrimage, 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,910. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Be inspired! Pilgrimage Book Four explores pilgrimage towns and mountains on the Way of St James, reliving the pilgrim and tour leader's journey with affection and bite, lovingly written, with a vibrant and passionate pen. Commentators say Pilgrimage is “beautiful poetic writing", written with “Inspired metaphor”, “to a breathless walking rhythm”. Includes 15 photos, plus web links.
Pilgrimage: Exploring France's Ancient Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage, 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Be inspired! Pilgrimage explores France's ancient towns on the Santiago Pilgrim's Way. Relive the journey with poetic affection and bite, lovingly written, with a vibrant and passionate pen. You'll want to see Conques, Decazeville, Pont St Espirit and Espalion for yourself. Commentators say Pilgrimage is “beautiful poetic writing", written with “Inspired metaphor”, “to a breathless walking rhythm
Pilgrimage: Meeting Spain's Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage, 2. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
You'll want to see Arzua, Bermeo, Belorado and Los Arcos, small towns no less fascinating than Pamplona, Santiago, Burgos, Bilboa and San Sebastian. In an unprecedented tour de force, this imaginative and comic travel writing is '“beautiful poetic writing", "energetic, almost punch-drunk " with “Inspired metaphor, to a breathless walking rhythm", offering new insights in Spain and its peoples.
Pilgrimage: Meeting France and Spain's Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage, 1. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Pilgrimage is off-the-scale travel writing: comic, affectionate, using 'inspired metaphor'; 'beautiful poetic writing', '... to a breathless walking rhythm.' Whether you walk, ride or drive the camino or pilgrimage path to Santiago, you'll understand so much more of the pilgrimage experience and the incredible heritage towns alone 'the Way'.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,870. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In legendary Gundagai, Dr Louis Gabriel is fired with hope and ambition. But new, black and overqualified, will he be top or bottom of the social ‘pile’? Will he ever belong? We follow his struggles, loves and dilemmas, climaxing with Australian Federation, a tortured romance and the murderous Boer War. A fictional biography that could change your life.

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