I wanted to write novels since my teenage days, but like many people I pursued a career, in my case social and market research, marketing consulting and business development.
When I started No Remorse in 2008, in my spare time, I was Queensland Director of a national market research agency. Writing about consumer behaviour was something I did regularly, both for client reports, and as a contributor in the national e-magazine Marketing Update. I had also some years earlier co-authored and edited two published books on small business.
Creative writing, I discovered, is an entirely different beast from business writing. I also found that it helps to seek advice early, particularly after my first draft eight months later was just under 300,000 words. I attended writers’ boot camps, courses, read lots of books about writing fiction, talked to other writers and got myself a professional editor. Four years later I have great reviews of my published novel, won fourth prize in a screenplay competition, completed my second novel and am well underway with the sequel to No Remorse. I also maintain a blog, write short-stories and travel articles, as well as articles about writing and self-publishing. And of course marketing.
I enjoy applying my experience as a social and consumer researcher to the motivations underlying the behavior of my characters. I also like researching the technical detail of jobs, locations, weapons and other elements in my stories. Even if most of it doesn’t make it into a book. And I enjoy blending the creativity of fiction with my experience in marketing.
In addition to writing novels, I continue to do consulting in the areas of marketing, strategy, social and market research, and copywriting .
I live in Brisbane, Australia with my wife and children.
I hope you enjoy No Remorse and come back again for my next book, Bait.