G McDougall

Biography

Garry is the Camino de Santiago's most prolific author, with ten eBooks and several paperbacks. With extensive travel and teaching experince he won Australian ecotourism, community project and literary prizes and grants, including cocreating the Official NSW Bicentennial Project, 'Great North Walk'. After many years proprietorship of Great Australian Walks, he focused on
* photography and painting exhibitions
* poetry performance and articles in popular and literary media
* writing novels, four so far.
Recent Awards: WINNER, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2015, with 'Patting the Dog', included in 'Inner Flash';
Highly Commended, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2013; Second, National Poetry Prize, 2014.
His first novel, 'Belonging', is a fictional-biography of a 'black doctor' in colonial Australia.
His second, 'Starts With C' is a murder mystery where we don't who is the murder, who has been murdered, and whose telling the story. It's a genre turned upside-down, Down-Under Down-Under!
The third novel is 'Knowing Simone', set in Victor Hugo's France. The fourth is 'Blacksmith and Canon', at the time of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and the decay of knights.
Garry is past 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 buy in print

Series

Knowing Simone
It's the time of Victor Hugo. Surveyor and anarchist on-the-run, Patrice, is a 24 yr old with a false identity. He meets Simone, 36, a Pyrenees mine owner, in Gothic Lectoure. As their liaison develops, Patrice is caught in her erotic web, struggling to discover her mysterious connections to Paris and Napoleon III's government. When threatening forces arise, they form an unlikely alliance.
Knowing Simone
Price: $4.99 USD.
Pilgrimage: A Guide to Inspiration
The Way of St James. Camino de Santiago. The Way. The Camino. The world's oldest pilgrimage path, and its most prolific author. A lyrical, poetic account of the journey, fellow pilgrim and its towns, villages and cities: Pamplona, Belorado, Palas de Rey, Arzua, Santiago, St Jean, Figeac, Decazeville, Le Puy-en-Valey, Conques, St Domingo, San Sebastian, Leon, Burgos, Triacastela and more. And, yes. There is the suffering, the mishaps, the humour and the delights. It's a guide to inspiration.

Books

Damn!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,410. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
The pilgrim's spontaneous journey to Santiago. What could go wrong? Seeking poetic inspiration, he discovers that there's more to it than he imagined. Join the fun, and come along. To Santiago!
Songs of the Camino
Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Lyrics
Song lyrics from the Camino de Santiago. Since the Camino's revival in the 1990s, here are new songs written on the Camino. The idea is to grow the book with each additional song offered. Any language or genre, so long as it is inspired by the Camino.
Blacksmith and Canon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,120. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A blacksmith-storyteller accused of three murders is brought before a severe Canon-Magistrate. But Louis strikes a bargain where only one will survive. Join his dark journey with knights, archers, scribe, and the Neapolitan's Rosalonda and Semla. His outrageous medieval tales offend the Canon and beguile others, before the grand finale. Inspired by Name of the Rose, Don Quixote and Rabelais.
Starts With C
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,810. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2019. Categories: Screenplays » Crime, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Black Lives Matter. Aussie Noir. Corrupt Bicentennial official, Cliff Badger, disappears during a national crisis. Months later a charred body is found. Who is it? Who's the murderer, and who's telling the story? The Riot Squad fears a black uprising on Australia Day, so local handyman, Kev, does the detective work. But at what cost? An outback murder mystery turned upside-down, Down Under.
The Buccaneers Parade
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,110. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Is this The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, or Anonymous on pilgrimage? The Global Financial Crisis has Portugal on its knees, but these spirited sailor know their ways about. Or do they?
Borders
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,840. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Borders is a documentary proposal. It outlines the case for six-part series of the world's borders based on the travelogue: Border and Soul.
Knowing Simone
Series: Knowing Simone. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,120. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure
"Sexy, scandalous. I can hear Emile Zola cheering." It's the time of Victor Hugo. The dictatorial 'Third Empire' is losing its grip. Patrice, a young man on-the-run, meets a powerful woman in a precarious situation. Patrice sets out to 'know' Simone, their unlikely alliance involving perversity, adventure, intrigue and betrayal. A case of dynamite romance rocks the neo-Gothic Empire.
Inner Flash
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
Fully revised 2020 2nd Edition with nine new works, including Poetica Olympics where poems are read at a rapid pace. Plus enjoy thirty-nine other short stories and poems that says life-is-worth-living. Celebrate the wonderful 'Tipsy', 'Patting the Dog', 'Tribute to Kiama' and 'Perpetual Train'. "For colourful images, wordplay & outstanding rhythm, Garry's prize-winning work is unbeatable.
Along the Way
Series: Pilgrimage: A Guide to Inspiration, 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Prizewinning poetic travel in France and Spain. Along the Camino Way is 'The Best of...' 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: A Guide to Inspiration, 6. Price: $2.20 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Essay » Literature
Journeying to the Ardeche via the Languedoc. Dazzling, energetic travel writing by award-winning author G McDougall.
Pilgrimage Five (Third Edition)
Series: Pilgrimage: A Guide to Inspiration, 5. Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Short stories of French and Spanish towns and pilgrim travel.Be inspired by Pilgrimage's thrilling use of language. There're 'Crave Love' (on Pezanas), 'The Power and...'(on Albi), A Trouser Ecology and other lyrical & poetic stories from Nyons, St Domingo de Calzada, Bilbao, Nogaro and Aigues Mortes. Includes web references, videos, and photographs.
Pilgrimage Towns and Tales: Camino France and Spain
Series: Pilgrimage: A Guide to Inspiration, 4. You set the price! Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Be inspired! Fabulous pilgrimage towns and mountains on the Camino that you won't want to miss. If you intend walking or are reliving it. Written with affection and bite, from a vibrant and passionate pen. “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: A Guide to Inspiration, 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Be inspired! NEW edition of 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 these towns 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: A Guide to Inspiration, 2. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Pilgrimage is off-the-scale travel writing: comic and affectionate. Using 'inspired metaphor', it i s'beautiful poetic writing', '...to a breathless walking rhythm.' As a guide to inspiration on the path to Santiago, by the Camino's most prolific author, you'll understand so much more of the pilgrimage experience, with inspired insights into the incredible heritage towns along 'the Way'.
Pilgrimage: Meeting France and Spain's Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage: A Guide to Inspiration, 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
In the first of seven eBooks, Pilgrimage is 'off-the-scale travel writing: comic, affectionate, using 'inspired metaphor'; 'beautiful poetic writing', '... to a breathless walking rhythm.' After reading Garry's poetica and short stories, your Way of St James or Camino will be enriched You'll better understand its long history, its pilgrims and heritage towns. For a sample, hear the videos.
Belonging
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 106,900. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
In Australia's legendary Gundagai, Dr Louis Gabriel arrives, fired with hope and ambition. But he is new, black and overqualified, so will he be top or bottom of the social ladder? Will he ever belong? Weis struggles, loves and dilemmas tclimax with Australian Federation, a difficult romance and the murderous Boer War. A fictional biography that celebrates the human spirit, medicine and country.