The Montmaray Journals and The Rage of Sheep
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
Born in Sydney, raised in Fiji and various country towns in New South Wales. I attended far too many schools, ranging from a single-roomed schoolhouse in a gold-mining town, to a Catholic high school where girls were a recent and unwelcome addition. I was very glad to finish with school. University was much more interesting.
When I was twelve, I wanted to be a vet. When I was eighteen, I wanted to be a grown-up. Ideally, a glamorous, fascinating and knowledgeable grown-up (I’m still waiting for this to happen). When I was thirty, I finally decided to take writing seriously and put everything else aside so I could concentrate on writing a novel.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
I used to believe in God. Now, I don’t.
4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?