I was originally a mechanic in the Army, completing my apprenticeship and serving in various units around Australia. Since then I have spent time in offices as a secretary, writing accident reports for court hearings and working on a drill rig exploring for gold. After suffering a workplace injury I eventually ended up doing a Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in History and Sociology. This led me into education and after obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Education I taught in High Schools, until writing became a better path for me.
While most of my study had been focused on Ancient and European military history, I have since swung my attention more to the East. After a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking trip to Japan, I have tried to bring some of what I have learned to my readers through my stories. I try to balance my time writing fiction with my continued research, because I feel that a good story is rooted in the reality of everyday life.
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Daughter of the Katsura: Part One of Michiru’s Tale
by Phil Barlow
16th century Japan. Michiru, the daughter of a samurai lord, escapes a kidnap attempt on the way to her wedding. Forced to flee into enemy territory with her few remaining guards, she must evade capture and make her way to her new home. There are two secrets she must keep; That they are carrying her dowry in gold, and that she is falling in love with the man sent to bring her to her new husband.
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