I’m an author. Not so new at the writing game but far from what I’d call experienced. I started out my professional life in IT. For over a quarter of a century I sat at a desk working for a variety of companies, big and small, creeping my way up the corporate ladder. In 2006 I was given a golden handshake and jumped at the chance to finally sit down and write the novel I knew I had in me. Almost exactly three years after I “retired”, my first novel, Starting Over, was published. Two more have hit the stores since then and there are one or two others shuffling along on my computer (see the Current Projects tab for more details). I’ve also written a handful of short stories, the first of which was published in 2008 with an odd assortment following on from that. Check out the Short Stories tab above to read a selection and find out about my self-published anthology.
Though four years studying mathematics at University didn’t exactly train me to be a writer, my career in IT gave me the opportunity to travel the world, meet a wide variety of people and get outside of my comfort zone. Australia is now home but I’ve lived and worked in six countries on five continents. That kind of life surely can’t be a bad background for an author.
So when people ask me about myself I say either I’m retired from IT or I’m an author. With practice I’m getting better at simply answering, “I’m an author”.