Leave a comment

Hello world!

OK, everyone else is doing it, so I decided it was time I joined the blogging world.

The chief purpose of this site is to develop my novels, the first of which is First Fleet, a project I commenced in 2000. I did so because of a challenge; you know how it is, a casual remark over a glass of ale, the throw away comment that ‘everybody has a novel inside’. My companion that evening, who I shall call Allan – because that’s his name – challenged me to do it.

Two subjects I felt served me well at school were history and English. Coming from a military family I developed a keen interest in maritime history. Over the years I became absorbed in the works of the leading writers of naval fiction; Forester, Kent, Fullerton, Northcote Parkinson, Stockwin and of course the master – Patrick O’Brien. Combine that with family ties to Australia and the discovery of an ancestor who joined the marine guard escorting England’s first export of convicts to New Holland (not known as Australia until Matthew Flinders first made use of the name) and a fictionalised account of the ‘First Fleeters’ was the inevitable result.

The voyage those people undertook, by choice or by compulsion, is an inspiration to me. The officers and men who crewed the ships, the perils of the sea, the uncertainty of the outcome – it WAS an unprecedented social experiment that so nearly failed – to say nothing of the courage and fortitude of the convicts themselves, is a story I had to investigate and tell.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 144 other followers

%d bloggers like this: