Bio

[New Stuff - updated 10 May 2013 - because I thought I should stop being a complete wus (coward) and give you some personal details]

The basics: Born in Canberra, Australia in 1958. Female (with attitude). What more do you need to know?

OKAY: Married to Greg, no kids. I’m a very private person who enjoys solitude, peace and quiet, cats and country living. I’m allergic to cities and big crowds (I get dizzy). I love driving. I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles and – gulp – cross-stitch providing the design is outstandingly beautiful. I have enough cross-stitch kits to see me until I am 450 years old.

If you haven’t read my bio before, don’t give up here, read on, I spent my life getting macho with guns and trucks and martial arts (see below) – despite the fact I look like I could be an Avon Lady or a Tupperware promoter, or somebody’s kindly auntie, but then looks are deceptive… and I’m not waffling on any more.

Oh, and I’ve opened up comments to prove I am not a chicken. ;)

Update: 20 Sept. 2013: I have added Wilderness Photos to the top menu where all posts that contain pictures from my pioneering in the wilderness years are listed in order of posting. Great pics of bushland of the Northern Territory (Australia), snakes and other creatures, and how we coped without a house. :D

[End of New Stuff]

I have been writing science fiction since I was about twelve years old (more than forty years), in love with the technology and idea of space travel, yet put off by those early impersonal tales available back then in the early 1970s. I spent those years mentally rewriting stories “to be better” and my writing took off from there.

In my life I have enjoyed many different experiences and have undertaken many areas of training to enhance my writing skills and to write from experience.

Over the years,  I have gone to great lengths to engage in hands-on experiences to allow me to write from a position of knowledge. The following examples of this have all been used in my writing:

I am licensed to ride a motorbike (and rode across the Australian Outback on it). I’m also licensed to drive semitrailers and (have been licensed) to carry a gun. I underwent training in martial arts, the only civilian permitted to train with the police at the Police Training College in Crewe, Cheshire, England, for almost eighteen months before returning home to Australia where I became an instructor for five years. I earned a Green Belt in Atemi Jutsu and a Black Belt in Kung Fu. I have also lived in wilderness for some years, with literally no house, no electricity, no sewage system and no running water. I completed a survival course, and I learned how to fly an ultralight airplane up to solo level.

On top of hands-on experiences, my research has been intense. I have studied fighting, elite armed forces, weapons handling, medical procedures, psychology and criminal psychology.

You could say I’m diverse in my skills and experiences, all of which channel into my writing.

The psychic front has also given me its share of experiences. This is not the blog to go into detail about that, but a new blog may one day come into being if and when I write and publish some very serious works of psychic non-fiction.

The Khekarian Series might prove not to be my most important project, but it is the one closest to my heart. Although some of that psychic stuff has crept into the plot, including some of the spiritual lessons I learned along the way, I believe it strengthens the story and adds a richness that would otherwise be lacking.

Allyson Everard 2012

[Last updated Sept. 2014.]

33 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Julie Israel

    Kudos on opening up comments ;) I would say anyone with police training and a black belt in Kung Fu is no chicken! I imagine those experiences (as well as medical, psychological, and criminal studies) all round out your writing rather nicely, too. Go sci-fi!

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    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Julie :) Thank you so much. Yep, just about anything I ever took on was with my writing in mind. I’m fastidious about getting details accurate. It was all a lot of fun, too. Cheers!

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  2. Nick

    Love these chats over WordPress. Accidentally unfollowed you trying to get to your about page via WP app, planning to comment on your latest once I’m at a computer, but just wanted to say its a regular delight.

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  3. flygirl140

    Thank you for the follow! I am so glad that you have this section open for comments :) your series sounds extremely interesting and I am in awe of the fact that you have written novels and had them published; my ultimate dream! I look forward to picking up your Khekarian Series in the future!

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  4. azleader

    Occasionally, strangely similar paths in cyberspace intersect.

    You are in eastern Australia (I think), and I in the western United States. Yours and my paths crossed when you read my latest monthly sunspot report.

    Like you, I have attitude. Mine, though, takes on a different form. Disagree with me you are likely to be slapped across the face with data and irrefutable logic. I know my stuff! If you don’t know yours, you are gonna lose!!

    I write, but mine isn’t science fiction. It’s mostly tech, science and related politics. I’ve always been interested in space travel. My college degree is in physics and astronomy. In one life’s set of experiences, I was a planetarium director, astronomy instructor and lecturer.

    Sorta similar to you, I’m a wilderness landscape photographer. My territory is the western USA. You are adept at camping. I usually just sleep in my vehicle.

    I’ve had my fair share of snake encounters in the wild. I’ve both chased and been chased by big poisonous rattlesnakes to get their pictures. I’m not foolish. Stay further than 1.5 times the snake’s body length away and you’re as safe as being in a fortress:

    http://www.pbase.com/azleader/snakes

    I have about 4,000 landscape images online… some a lot better than others.

    http://www.pbase.com/azleader/

    I like driving (mostly alone), am allergic to big cities and still keep my motorcycle endorsement current.

    Nice to meet you.

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    1. A.D. Everard Post author

      Hi Azleader – Ah! An adventurer after my own heart! Great to meet you.

      “In one life’s set of experiences, I was a planetarium director, astronomy instructor and lecturer.” I drooled over this, I must say. How wonderful! And adventures with rattlesnakes, too (good tip on keeping yourself safe from them).

      I LOVE the photos at your sites you linked to. Your snake pictures are gorgeous and your landscapes staggeringly beautiful! I wish I had half your talent.

      I see you have stumbled upon the retelling of my humble adventures. The photos were taken with a camera and film, the photos then somewhat deteriorated in the humid conditions, but they are the best I’ve got from my time in the wilderness.

      I love your attitude. I particularly loved this: “Disagree with me you are likely to be slapped across the face with data and irrefutable logic. I know my stuff! If you don’t know yours, you are gonna lose!!” In this day and age, an attitude like that is ESSENTIAL. :)

      I’m very interested in the data and the logic that exists in honest science. I am interested in what the sun is doing and in what seems pretty sure to be a coming chill. So I’m very pleased to have found your blog and have added it to my favourites for ready referral. Now that you have given me a couple of other sites, I will add those too! :D

      I’m very pleased to meet you. Cheers!

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      1. azleader

        I’ve been interested in the sun and it’s influence on weather and climate for as long as I can remember. My grandfather, a Kansas farmer who never went to high school, fascinated me how he could predict the weather just by looking at the clouds in the sky.

        When I went to university I was taught that the radiant energy output of the sun did not change. In fact, it was called the “solar constant”. With satellite instrumentation we now know the sun is a weak variable star that plays a roll in long-term climate change.

        I’m not always prmpt, but I usually write a monthly sunspot report after the newest sunspots counts come out.

        In answer to a comment about the “pause” in global warming in my newest article, I left this response that summarizes my interpretation of the data on what the sun’s influence might be in the next couple decades or so:

        http://informthepundits.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/sunspots-2014-case-for-a-weak-dalton-minimum/#comment-20767

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