[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 one will shortly be available devoted to such discussion, and it will be through that blog (named and linked here shortly) that I publish and promote some very serious works of psychic non-fiction.
Update: 19 March 2013: The projects listed above (new blog, new book) are currently on hold until Books 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Khekarian Series are completed. I will do what I can to keep working away in the background, however neither will appear “shortly”. I apologize to anyone who was hoping for an earlier release.
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