Roger Crook

Biography

I was born in Liverpool, UK and spent much of my early life, both during and after WWII in North Wales. After a spell in an elite British Army Regiment and then agricultural college, my wife and I and our first daughter came to Western Australia in 1967.
We have spent our life in agriculture from wheat and sheep farming to managing a one million acre cattle station in the far north of this State.
After more than 20 years in international agribusiness, which took me all over the world, we retired a few years ago, partly due to ill health (all better now thank you!)
We have two daughters and three grandchildren.
We live in Albany in Western Australia, which is about as far south as one can go.
This is a beautiful part of the world, put 'Albany Western Australia' into your search engine and you will, I am sure agree.
The sequel to 'Hearts of Stone', 'Flight to Australia' is now on Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in about 2004. I had been very ill after a lifetime of work had turned to nothing. I had done nothing wrong, no bad decisions, nothing like that, just did what was a good deal with what turned out to be bad people in cahoots with my accountant.
I fought and quickly found they had more money for lawyers than I did. They had made an ambit claim against my wife and I, a ridiculous claim. But under English law, for that is what we have in Australia, lawyers simply follow the instructions of their clients.
In Australia we also have the Trade Practices Act, which is really an act where someone can allege you have done something, you are guilty in other words and you have to prove you are not.
What happened in your legal fight?
As everyone who has been there knows, lawyers are the only winners. Those against us had more money than we did, even though every opinion I got agreed they didn't have a case, because money was not important to them, they persisted.
We believe they had the same advice because they changed law firms several times. Eventually they found a firm that it seemed would stop at nothing.
We were broke, their objective was to get our farm by making an ambit claim against us. They even got our accountant to work for them.
Eventually I did all our legal work, hours, weeks and months of research fighting the best legal minds in Perth Western Australia.
'Persistence' is my motto. Eventually I won, but not before my health had suffered and our debts were enormous. The 'Black Dog' had become my constant and demanding companion.
My writing, especially when times were very black, became somewhere where I could hide, my 'bolt hole'. Away from the real world.
Writing fiction probably saved my life.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Flight to Australia
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 142,020. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
After leaving the British Home Office Counter Terrorism Unit, David McGonigal shoots and kills a demented Catholic fanatic as he attempts to assassinate his famous mother, Dr Phyllis McGonigal.The IRA force David and his wife of a few months, Barbara, into exile. On their first day in Western Australia there is a bomb.Have the IRA reneged on their deal? No,someone wants David’s Uncle, Paul, dead.
Hearts of Stone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,170. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Just prior to WWII, Brendan McGonigal a rich Irish cattle dealer, exiled to North Wales from Ireland as a student by powerful political forces, marries Phyllis, a medical student and daughter of a poor hill farmer.Thirty years later their son, David, an ex member of the Home Office Counter Terrorism Unit, has his placid life shattered as a rogue IRA cell threatens those dear to him.

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