My work as a communicator and project manager in international development has allowed me to live in many truly memorable and fascinating locations and historical sites across the Asia Pacific Region. As a result my writing is vivid, exotic and atmospheric. I write from experiences, thorough research and at times, an overactive imagination. I am always curious about people I meet and their stories, and use this rich pool of human experience and characters in creative writing I have dived on wrecks, crawled through hundreds of war-time tunnels, walked through caves, and explored old monuments and temples across Asia and the Pacific Islands. I have read and researched the historical context of these exotic and historically rich locations. And their archaeological backgrounds are simply fascinating and inspiring.
This experience allows me to write thriller novels and action adventure novels, with settings in South East Asia and the Pacific. I have written and published two novels to date and Black Hearts, Gold Warriors is my second novel. It tells the tale of the hunter and the hunted across the exotic and dangerous landscapes of Mindanao and Vietnam, from the close of WW2 to the start of the new millennium. It is a treasure hunt inspired story, spiced with historical fiction and romance, with wonderful and heady scents and sounds of life in the colorful and vibrant world of SE Asia.
Black Hearts, Gold Warriors is based on a strong archaeological background which underpins the theme of the novel, inspired by temple treasures, war loot and the dynamic and fascinating cultures of Indo-China and the Islands of the Philippines. This brings out the archaeological fiction elements strongly.
Gold of the Generals, my first book was set in the island paradise town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea and in the old Spanish Forts of Manila, in the Philippines. It is a wonderful action adventure story of the hunt for war loot and treasures in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, with redemption and treachery as key elements. And of course with historical fiction.
As a writer, I use my experiences in creative writing and action adventure books with great effect, of having lived and worked in challenging and dangerous locations across Asia and the Pacific. I feel that I have developed a great sensitivity and empathy for the cultures, languages, histories, food, religions, personalities, politics, peculiarities and the colour and vibrancy of these places and people. I try to make this come across in my writing, to make it vivid and the locations and characters realistic and believable. They arise from this great stock of experience and engagement with people across such diverse landscapes and communities. I use humour, tragedy, greed, love, hatred, hope and historical fiction and archaeological context with great effect. I try hard to craft stories that entertain, inform and immerse the reader into the plot and to engage with the characters. My stories help the reader to suspend belief, and carry them on an adventurous journey to a cinematographic finish.
I have read much and widely, and read a lot of ‘how to write’ books and about creative writing. But nothing can substitute for actual research, plotting and planning, writing, revising, reviewing, rewriting, reducing and careful editing experience. Developing one’s skills in the craft of writing and also the business of writing, which is the pathway I am now embarked upon. For me writing is often sheer hard work, requiring great discipline and consistent application. Just sitting down and putting words on paper, no matter how good or bad they may be. Many times I reach the ‘zone’ where words and thoughts just appear and my fingers do the work. That is the magic and mystery of writing. The beauty of it is how well our words and dialogues convey mood, images, thoughts, and sensory dimensions, to our readers. And transport them to other worlds of our making and their interpretation.
My writing is atmospheric and sensory, to put you in the scene. I put a lot of effort into character development to make them plausible and not just card board cut outs. I use dialogue to advance the plot and to set up tension. My intention is to make a story which is a ‘great read’ and highly enjoyable. Please take a look and decide for yourself.
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