Gordon Smith

Biography

Retired Traffic Management Project Manager who spent most of his life in sales, public transport and traffic management. Born on 18th May 1945 in the Sydney suburb of Camperdown, while his father was away fighting in World War 2.
Though he had been to school in Leichardt, his primary education began mainly at West Melbourne School after his family moved to Melbourne. Gordon has some notable certificates to his name; In 1998, he received the Certificate of Transport Management from Queensland University. He also received the Certificate IV in Project Management.
Gordon has three sons with his first wife and now has four grandchildren. He married his current wife, Kay, in Brisbane in 2003, and she has been his inspiration ever since.
Gordon has enjoyed the luxury of residing and working in different parts of Australia and in the process enjoyed different employment opportunities. This great working experience in the public transportation industry and then civil construction came to an awesome end in 2013 as he retired at Caloundra, Queensland.
After retirement, he took an interest in researching his family. This research helped him discover links back to the 1400’s and even a distant link to the Royal family of the United Kingdom. Also, during this research, he discovered he had relatives who fought in the Great War. Though he was familiar with his relatives in the 2nd World War, he knew nothing about the men in his family who had fought in the Great War.
This research and discovery gave him knowledge and ideas which brought about the writing of his first book “A family that went to war”. After publishing his first book, other books sprang up easily. His second book was “An Australian story” – the saga of an Australian family over two centuries. In this book, he wrote about Australia early settlement and the events that made Australia and the makings of a family. Amazingly, this book sat on the Amazon best-selling list for the Kindle history of Australia and Oceania for about 10 days, giving him further inspiration as he wrote his third book within a calendar year.
He has since written 3 other books. These are all pure fiction and also have been self-published. He has now decided to rewrite the three of them and possibly re-title them, taking into account the minor criticism found in a few of the reviews.
The first fictional story is “The Ministry Communications Unit” is based on a fictitious movie company set up by the Government during World War 2. He based a lot of this story on the locations that surround Caloundra.
This was followed by “Lady Ruth Bromfield” an inspirational biography about a Jewish girl, raised by an English, Church of England priest and her progress to becoming an inspirational leading industrialist.
And the third book “Men With a Mission is an eye-opening account of events in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1969’s and 1970’s. The main players in this story are a Christian, A Jew and a Muslim who were brought together by an astute Australian Officer and made them into a significant group of investigators.
The Sensual Retiree is a romance story about a woman whose husband dies shortly after he retires. The story follows her life transitioning into a widow who moves into a retirement village. She makes new friends and discovers that it is possible for a widow in her sixties and seventies to be able to enjoy the company of male suitors.
Gordon has been able to utilise his knowledge gained while in the army, driving taxis (he actually became the Victorian Taxi driver of the year at one stage,) along with his vast knowledge of the Civil construction industry in his writings.
He has just completed writing his first children / YA book, “The Aboriginal Cameleer” which should be available late 2018 or early 2019
This book will open the world of fiction to a whole new level. Gordon feels that this will be his greatest book with a wide area of interest.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute. A war story that had a slice of history to it. After reading it I always wanted to visit Alice Springs which I did in 1997
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a loving family but unfortunately Dad, who was a returned serviceman, never talked about the war (WW2) and never joined the RSL or marched on Anzac Day. I have just recently joined the RSL and I will be marching on this Anzac Day for the first time since I was discharged from the army in 1967
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Where to find Gordon Smith online


Books

The Aboriginal Cameleer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,840. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men, Fiction » Adventure » Action
1930’s rural Australia. Baddar, a wild-hearted 7 year old would tell you he is special. As the blood grandchild of the last Afghan cameleer and his wife, Rose, an aboriginal woman, Baddar knew he was destined for more than his little town. ​Bored of small-town life and overwhelmed by childlike curiosity, his ancestors tales of tribesmen and cameleers is all he needs to fuel his imagination.
The Sensual Retiree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,700. Language: Australian English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Adult
An engaging plot of love and life we follow Joan's most renewing encounters from her mid-sixties up into her early nineties. We learn that a love for life doesn’t have to die before we do and that women certainly don't diminish with age.
The Ministry Communications Unit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,310. Language: Australian English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
It did not happen, but it could have. Australia during the war!
Men With a Mission
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,940. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Alternative history
When Major Jack Roberts of the Australian army was tasked to find three incredible men to seek out Corruption and Human Rights violations during the Vietnamese War, he chose a Christian, a Jew and a Moslem to work together as a team. Men with a Mission tells the tale of this small group of people and how they each deal with the exploitation and darker side of the human indecency they witness.
An Australian Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,730. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The story of 1 Australian Family over 2 centuries and how historical event influenced them
Lady Ruth Bromfield
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,870. Language: Australian English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Historical » General
In 1935, Ruth was born to an unmarried Jewish mother in Germany. Fearing the Nazi persecution ruth was sent to England on the "kinder transport“ and raised by a church of England priest. where she developed a unique social interaction system that united people from different backgrounds and beliefs. Her story will raise your hopes and show how to overcome the differences we all share.
The Family That Went To War
Price: Free! Words: 21,030. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Family history
In 1914 Australia joined England and declared war on Germany and it's allies. In the small New South Wales town of Cootamundra 6 young Australians, all from the same family, individually joined the fight. Only 3 returned. This is the saga of their conflict.

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