Hello! I'm a 43-year-old, living in Sydney, Australia, soon to shift to North Queensland. I write mostly non-fiction, specialising in history and politics. I have a great partner, two wonderful dogs and two lovely cats.
How do you approach cover design?
MS Office Word have a large selection of useful templates, as does Powerpoint, but for ease and simplicity there is always the trusty MS Paint, which is default on all Windows notebooks and desktops. I enjoy adding my own preferences, such as orange for the colour!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"All Four Engines Have Failed" by Betty Tootell (1982), who was a passenger on a BA 747 from London to Perth, Australia, when an erupting volcano over Indonesia caused all four engines to grind to a halt. Due to the excellent airmanship of the three cockpit crew, they managed to GLIDE the massive plane for a heart-stopping half-an-hour until the air was clear, then re-start each engine, one by one.
"Absolute Power", by Ian Wishart (2008). A bio of New Zealand's first female prime minister, Helen Clark, who represented the Labour Party from 1999 to 2008.
"Me and a Guy Named Elvis", by Jerry Schilling (2006). The late, great King of Rock 'n' Roll. Need I say more?
"The Testament", by John Grisham (1999). Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive and confined to a wheelchair.
"A Short History of Australia", by Manning Clark (2006). The third edition of his 1962 masterpiece, this was published 15 years after his death. Undoubtedly the greatest author of Australian history of all time.
This is a social, economic and political history of New Zealand from the years 1968 to 1990. It commences with the sinking of the Wahine at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, and concludes with the disastrous Sesquicentennial. These were some of the country's most important years from a perspective of rapidly changing cultural values and politics, and painted a path for the new millennium.