Journeys of the Mind
Who is this person?
I have always loved stories. I grew up with an insatiable appetite for epic journeys that took my mind to places unbounded by time and space. I had never considered a career as a writer, but as a postrgad student at Sydney University in the 1970s, I needed to pay the rent. So I worked part time as a commercial underwater photographer and sold travel and dive stories to magazines. That, and perhaps one too many episodes of Adventures in Paradise and Sea Hunt, ultimately led me to live on a yacht in the South Pacific from 1980-2000, exploring the islands and working as photojournalist.
In 2000, I moved back to Australia as a single parent with my two children, and I wrote a novel. It won an award, so I wrote a few more novels including for the television series Stargate-SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. The alien ‘gods’ premise of Stargate had intrigued me as a teenager in the ’70s (if you were around back then, you might recall ‘pyramid’ power and Erich von Däniken), so when I was offered a postgraduate research scholarship, I ended up with a thesis titled ‘The Attraction of Sloppy Nonsense’.
By 2008, I was looking for a new adventure. Inadvertently taking my cue from Adam Troy’s dreams in Adventures in Paradise, I bought a small property in the foothills of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and then added some sheep to mow the paddocks. Between journeying elsewhere, I manage a conservation trust and teach novel and short story writing courses for an international Writers’ College.
The image above is from the jacket cover of an anthology I edited back in 2006 titled, naturally, Journeys of the Mind.
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