I was born and raised on the Gold Coast, Queensland and my love of boats was instilled by the family before I could walk, as indicated by an early photo that shows me crawling around the deck of the family boat in nappies. The love of sailing developed through a series of ever-larger racing catamarans and led to the purchase, at the age of 21, of an old 47-foot wooden, engineless, monohull cutter-rigged yacht that had been built in Ireland in 1905 and taken part in the WWII Dunkirk evacuation. I lived on this boat at a marina in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour for several years and my engine-free adventures on this wonderful old boat may one day appear in writing.
The love of flying dragged me away from the boating scene, commencing with gliding, which in turn led to the establishment of a commercial gliding school at Narromine, NSW. After six years of gaining valuable flight experience in this successful enterprise, I sold out and undertook the necessary study and flight training to gain both Aeroplane and Helicopter Commercial Licences. After some 38 years and 16,000 hours of mixed Aeroplane and Helicopter flying, I have retired to a country town in New South Wales with my partner and two young cats where I am now relishing the new challenge of full-time writing.