When I left school, I hoped to walk into a job with the military flying fighters or choppers, I didn’t care which, just so long as it flew. I didn’t end up making the cut. Looking back on it, and knowing now that I don’t take well to authority, I think the defence forces made the right decision for the both of us.
When I received the rejection letter, I had no idea what I was going to do. I’d never given anything other than flying serious thought.
I applied for a job at a publishing company (not seriously thinking I’d land it) and found myself driving cars and motorcycles for various motoring magazines while I completed a journalism cadetship. So, all in all, not a bad fall back position.
With the cadetship completed, I switched to advertising – those copywriter guys seemed to be having way too much fun.
A few years back, and in the grip of a healthy mid-life crisis, I took some time out from advertising to learn how to fly aerobatics and write a novel. It took a couple of years to write and publish Rogue Element, and Ive been writing constantly since.
I fly these days too, when I can get enough time to stay current – the writing seems to have taken over my life. I currently live in Sydney with my wife and three kids. And, as always, I’m writing the next book.