Wayne Watson


About Myself:

Born in 1960, it can be said that I was born into one of the more interesting periods in our history. Forty-nine years on, I can certainly say that I have led an interesting life. Factory hand, soldier, technician, labourer, manager, ambulance officer, corrections officer- just to name the main jobs - I think I can truly call myself a jack-of-all-trades

It’s been up and down all the way- see-sawing between dirt poor and well-off- in the peak of fitness to near dead a couple of times. I have worked with many fine individuals and many of New Zealand’s worst. I have seen very ordinary people succeed beyond all expectations and watched those destined to do great things fall and loose everything. Working in areas like defense, corrections and ambulance you get a real insight into how people act and react under the most extreme of circumstances. Along the way I got to use a lot of really interesting bits and pieces- the Army was good for that- if a new piece of kit came through the workshops- it wasn’t hard to convince somebody that you needed to try it out!

This was a useful background for somebody who wishes to write tales of adventure…

Now, like most, I have settled into a quieter life of family and work, with adventure left in the past- although it comes to visit from time to time. I wish it wouldn’t!

As life slowed down a little, from the needs of raising a family and an accumulation of old injuries, I started to amuse myself in a fantasy universe distilled from the many tales I had absorbed over the years- this beats the hell out of morning radio while stuck in traffic! This stepped up a gear after a bad car smash left me recovering from multiple injuries over two years. From this period came ‘Meddlers in Time’- my escape from the realities of my life. Writing this story down probably saved my sanity!

Nowadays, I’m back at work- spending more time than I would like keeping the local water supplies working. Once a week I get my six-guns out and shoot up a bit of paper and steel plate. Twice a year I fire up my still and run a few gallons of moonshine, although I drink more coffee than whiskey these days. The rest of the time I spend as an indentured servant to my wife and two boys.

I’m occasionally described as a grumpy old sod and a know-it-all, with an opinion on EVERYTHING! I try to live up to that.

I like the simple pleasures of red meat, black powder smoke, Islay whiskey and the occasional good Dominican cigar- all to be savored in the outdoors. My beliefs are staunchly libertarian- each to their own if they harm no other. I believe that politicians, lawyers, busy-bodies and do-gooders are like salamis- greatly improved by hanging for a time.

My writings continue as time permits.

Ask me a question or find out more about Meddlers in Time, search 'Meddlers in Time Blogger'

I used to have a link here,but for technical reasons, can't put it in my Bio without upsetting some of Smashwords partner sites!

Smashwords Interview

Where did Meddlers in Time come from?
I was always fascinated by the concept of moving freely through time and space. This started at a very young age watching Doctor Who and having the crap scared out of me by the Cybermen! Then at age 12 I discovered the works of Robert Heinlein, who was my inspiration for this story.

In 2004 I was badly injured in a car smash and decided to use my down time productively and do something I had always talked about- write a novel.
How long did it take to write?
The original MIT of 85,000 words took three months, then another nine months to write what was then the second book- that was 115,ooo words. From there I spent several years tinkering with the story and editing it. Along the way the two books were combined into one.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Wayne Watson online


Meddlers In Time- The Cockatoo River Incident
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
The third book in the Meddlers In Time series. The adventures in the 35th Century continue, with this second book in that series. In this episode, the story is told of how Jenny DeVries infiltrates the Empire under very deep cover, with the help of the Free Company 'Wotan's Fury'- Wayne Jamieson's command.
Meddlers In Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Meddlers In Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire. This is part one of the 35th century tales. It covers the period of when Wayne Jamieson is drafted into the Imperial forces, having spent the last forty years as a spacer, pirate, mercenary and lastly- as the commander of a successful privateer Free Company.
Meddlers In Time
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 199,610. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(3.57 from 7 reviews)
You can’t change history- can you? No- but you can make a new reality when you alter events. ‘Meddlers in Time’ explores the shaping of a parallel earth, by altering events in 9th century England. Some were lured by money, other by the adventure- a few just wanted a new chance at life. One thing remains constant- time travel changes all who follow that path…

Smashwords book reviews by Wayne Watson

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 22, 2009
    (no rating)
    Thank you for this guide- it has really helped me raise my game! Most of us use Word like we use our brains- at about 5% of their potential! I have learned more since downloading this guide about formatting than in all the years I have been using this software. Also, having been properly motivated, I managed to make a presentable cover for my book! Again- THANK YOU! And to all other writers- download it and READ IT! Here is the portal to the future :-) Wayne Watson Meddlers In Time.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Nov. 24, 2009
    (no rating)
    Excellent!- lots of new ideas- some of which I have already followed up with and more that I will use soon. I'm also pleased to see that some of my own ideas are confirmed- especially those around using blogging as a promotional tool! I started my main blog http://oswaldbastable.blogspot.com/ with a view to promoting my book when I finished it. The blog now has taken on a life of it's own and is in the top 50 New Zealand blogs (yes, I know- big frog- small pond!) ;-)
  • Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter on April 12, 2010

    Dreck, but FUNNY dreck!
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on March 26, 2012

    Another great 'How To' by Mark, but perhaps more importantly, to the new author, this work contains HOPE! Ebooks- The brave new world.