After the dawn of creation the pure essences of Heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the Sun and the Moon all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named “Thought”. Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, “With our thoughts, we make the World”. Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it came Tyson!
I was born in a small town in rural Western Australia. After spending my formative years growing up on the family farm I was abruptly packed off to boarding school to learn about why the city doesn’t like to spend money on rural schools. From then on I spent far too much time pretending to learn, earning a couple of science degrees, including a postgrad that looks very pretty in whichever box in the cupboard it is in. Anyone who follows me on Twitter, Facebook or other social media will know I’m a science nerd and love to talk about all the cool things…. sorry, you have to first accept that science is cool and for it to do cool things, that’s the rule here.
My first story was written at the age of 9 after discovering Douglas Adams. Like any other preteen, my writings reflected the last thing I had seen on TV. It was in year 7 that my teacher, Mr Melhuish, would encourage my writing further by actually praising it. It only took 22 years for this praise to overcome my diligent procrastination efforts. If I had to classify my writing style it would be a cross between Douglas Adams, Lee Child, Matthew Reilly and whatever I last saw on TV.
Age: 30 something
Hair: Still there
Profession: Writer, scientist, researcher
Special Powers: I once convinced an opponent in a bar fight that he should step outside. Meanwhile I stayed at the bar drinking. I assume that the opponent is still waiting outside that bar to beat me to a pulp.
Aside from writing, I have a large number of distractions hobbies. Concerned about my skinny body in high school, I convinced Mum and Dad to buy me some dumbbells to help build some muscle. I’ve been lifting weights ever since, whether that be curling a can of beer, or deadlifting a 260kg barbell. I didn’t just want to be bigger, I wanted to attract chicks, so I learnt to play guitar.
While guitar and weightlifting kept me entertained for years, I started to want another challenge. I played Aussie Rules Football for 2 seasons before I decided that my knee was far too healthy and needed to be torn to shreds. Three months of not being able to walk convinced me that sport was best played on the couch. So I took up woodworking. I have made furniture, clocks, am working on a guitar and might try my hand at using a bandsaw and keeping my fingers attached.
I suppose my final interest, the one that rekindled my writing ambition, is reading. I’ve always been an adventure and thriller fan, even if it was Biggles books. Of course like any male, I ignored a medical issue for years until I was physically dragged to an optomitrist. Upon discovering that I could see again, I’ve been reading more than ever before. Friend me on Goodreads to see what tickles my fancy.
- In This Moment
- Arch Enemy
- Symphony X
- The Tea Party
- Within Temptation
- Leaves’ Eyes
- Amon Amarth
- The Smashing Pumpkins
- Dave Matthews Band
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- Led Zepplin