NEWS & EVENTS

A Decent Life - Book Launch

​My first book launch will take place at Emerson's Restaurant at Lovedale. Emerson is a highly skilled chef who was influential in my development as a qualified chef. Showcasing her art, my friend Carmen Del Prat will be displaying throughout the launch. I am really excited (and scared) of my dreams coming to life. 

Ideas are What?

I can't put a date or time frame on my ideas. I have always loved writing and I think being an author is ingrained in me. In school, writing and sport were the only subjects I cared for. The idea for A Decent Life probably came around 2010 but I didn't pursue it until 2016/17. 

Art - Show and Polish

I am a lunatic, proudly so. The actual body of work was relatively quick to complete however I then edited for a very long time ... every word, of every sentence, on every page, many, many times. I actually had a different ending (not a particularity good one) where I tried to personify 'the ultimate evil' into a person. I cut approximately 50 pages from the ending and changed the complete direction of the work. And I could not be happier!

Art - Show and Polish

I am a lunatic, proudly so. The actual body of work was relatively quick to complete however I then edited for a very long time ... every word, of every sentence, on every page, many, many times. I actually had a different ending (not a particularity good one) where I tried to personify 'the ultimate evil' into a person. I cut approximately 50 pages from the ending and changed the complete direction of the work. And I could not be happier!

Other Titles

​I have twelve other titles at the moment, three of which are complete. Keep following my page and social media as the upcoming books will surprise you. A book I am very excited about in A Decent Life 2 - Whispering Chaos. I'm not giving anything more away then the title for this one just yet. As well as The Wolf In I.

 

Book Launch Party

​A Decent Life ! is set to launch on August 1st, 2020. A bit hard to have gauged, but Covid restrictions have had massive impact on my plans. I refuse to finish half way though ... onward we march.

 

July 2020 - A Decent Life II​

A Decent Life II is set for the editors right now. I will handle the launch on August 1st, 2020 and then move straight into edit of book 2. The third book of the initial trilogy is in steady progress, about 35 000 words in.

 

July 2020 - Other Titles

After listening to a recent podcast from The Creative Penn I have decided to have a serious look at some memoirs. My initial idea is to memoir based on themes (addiction, dogs, etc.) and use them as short stories. I have some very big ideas coming to fruition so it will take me a little while to get to this.

 

August 27 2020 - Listing and Media Update

Massive news! I have managed to secure a few local listings. I am currently stocked at Q's book store as Hamilton, Emerson's Restaurant as Lovedale, and The Press Coffee and Book house on Hunter street. I always wanted to network and connect with local businesses and to see this come to fruition is one of the best things I have ever created.

Additionally, I had my first interview today with Roxanne McCarty-Okane. I will post the video once Roxanne releases it as part of her Pheonix Phenomenon series. Great times ahead. 

 

27/8/2020 - A Decent Life 3

60 000 quality words so far, A Decent Life 3 is a reality! I am so excited. I found this series enjoyable to write and I am certain this third title wont let anyone down. I feel happy with where each character arc led and in my view the story is a good mix of brutality, love ... the violent, brutal poetry I love to produce. I am aiming to have this title finished in the next 6-8 weeks as I begin to learn the juggle between marketing, parenting, exercise, writing and work. Lucky I am energetic. 

 

December 2020 - A Decent Life 2 Submission

It has happened! A Decent Life II Chaotic Whispers hits the publishing house. I am one very excited author. The manuscript is currently in edit (goes through three pass editing process) so release should be around July 2021. A Decent Life III is my final instalment of the initial trilogy and I am aiming for publishing that title by September/October 2021. 

 

11/5/2021

What a year so far. Two third degree burns, a house fire and some unforeseen personal  circumstances have changed my timelines significantly. But as the saying goes, worse things have happened to better people. Currently doing the final read through of A Decent Life 2. The book is quite intense and I've taken to writing a new title, Dark Spiral Twist, to lighten my own mood. I love Chaotic Whispers, but imagining all the ways things can go wrong in post-apocalypse and trying to capture how one would feel in those circumstances is not comforting. I love the book, like all my work, and look forward to sharing it very soon.