John Ross


I spent my younger years on rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales and was working towards a career in that area when my parents moved to the city.
I joined Trans Australia Airlines in 1969 and spent the next 31 years in the Airline Industry. I held management positions in Air Cargo, Airport Management and State and Commercial Management positions.
Retirement in 2000 saw a move to the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales where my wife and I have a house and a large cool climate garden. Our three children and six grandchildren often visit, especially in winter to enjoy the odd snow fall.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and not given a great chance of survival. However after seven rounds of chemo therapy and a stem cell transplant from my eldest son I am in remission. This has changed my outlook on life and I now concentrate on doing the things I enjoy; writing, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
My blog site is where you will find links to my other works and blogs.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always been interested in the rural life still experienced in many of the out of the way areas of the UK. My wife and I visited some of these areas about 10 years ago and I just loved the warm, friendly, homely feel of these places. I started to write some short stories about life in a small English village and they were well accepted by my peers at my writing group. They encouraged me to but them into chronological order and get them published. the book 'My Patch' is the result.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The answer to this question is not that straight forward. One is always reluctant to put something out where it is open to perusal and possible criticism. The encouragement that I received from friends and relatives finally convinced me to try. The first time was a daunting experience but it does get easier.
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My Patch: The life of Reginald Smithers, a village policeman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,750. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
These short stories relate the experiences of Reginald Smithers, a policeman in the small English village of Stackfort on Humber in the first half of the 20th century. They cover his life, from his first appointment as a young constable, his promotion to sergeant through to his retirement and reveal the sometimes humorous, but always interesting, aspects of his life and the lives of his friends.
The First Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,940. Language: Australian English. Published: October 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Two couples are chosen to travel beyond the bounds of the current colonised worlds to find signs of intelligent life. They escape a revolution on their planet. During their journey sexual tensions arise,their ship is sabotaged, they visit alien worlds and realise they can never return home. They find a planet that supports a lower form of intelligence and, maybe, this is just the beginning!