Disheartening to find dozens of sites offering my books for download illegally. It is no exaggeration to say thousands of people have access to my books, sometimes even paying membership fees to download them for free while I get NOTHING. These are stories I labored over for many hundreds of hours. They are my intellectual property and I am powerless to stop it. I tried issuing take-down notices but they simply ignore me because they know authors do not have the funds to challenge them in court. It’s theft, pure and simple.
This is all quite extraordinary. Not only did I make major papers around Australia, but tomorrow morning I will be interviewed on TV on the Today Show. This is going ballistic and all because of a little film that happened quite by accident. Talk about right place, right time. 🙂
Last week when I was filming the sunrise, as I do often, I captured something that I first thought must be a fox, bounding along the field in front of my camera. It was only once I got home that I realised what I had captured was not like a fox, or a dog. So I made this video and asked the question, “Could this be a Tasmanian Tiger?” I posted it on my channel and to my astonishment, it has gone viral. Not only that but FB is going ballistic. Then an expert on all things Thylacine contacted me this morning, asking to meet up. So, tomorrow, I am heading off with a man I’ve never met back to the spot where I filmed the creature to see if we can spot one. Hold on to your hats ladies and gents, this thing could get very interesting.
Sorry for not posting for a long time. You should know that I absolutely intend on continuing to write books, but had a very long break from writing to reevaluate and regroup. In the meantime I have been following my other passions, including filming nature and underwater filming. My channel has been so successful I will reach my goal of 1 million views way ahead of schedule and will soon have 1,000 subscribers. I have been asked to produce a film for a company offering four wheel drive training. So this Saturday I am off for a full day of filming and I will post the results on here as well as my FB pages. My underwater videos have been featured on online collections and even on the Australian Marine Museum page.
As far as my books are concerned, the best news is that my most recent YA Novel, Children of Mars is doing very well. In fact, in a single day I sold 56 Paperbacks in a just one order (I still don’t know who ordered them and what they intend to do with that many books). I still need to finish Mirrorball, Start on the sequel to Children of Mars and continue work on The Four Edged Sword.
Well that’s all the news I have for now. Here’s the link to my channel.
On goodreads, I was asked the following question: “Is this book about racism?”
My response is in the image below.
I want to add that at no point in the writing of this book did I allow racist perspectives to dominate the story. It is purely and simply a story about a creature different from the others who, through ignorance and superstition, is forced to live as an outcast. I chose the colour black because it is opposite to white and draws a great contrast. But it is all about her magical abilities and not her colour, as the reader will discover with both this book and the sequel. However, black has throughout history been used as a metaphor for evil, while white has been used as a metaphor for good. There is nothing wrong with this, but I wanted to invert the meaning, making a little black fairy good, in stark contrast not to the other lighter coloured fairies, but the evil she is confronted with. I hope this helps to explain my intentions with this book and the meaning inherent in it.
When you get a letter from your own mother telling you how much she enjoyed reading your latest book, well, let’s just say that kind of endorsement is priceless. 🙂
Here’s the link to where you can get a copy of Children of Mars
Filming birds is not easy, especially when you want to get real close without disturbing or frightening them. But on this occasion, not only did I succeed, but the results are incredible, even if I do say so myself. 🙂 Willie Wagtails filmed on 27th October 2016 at Maryville Garden, Moonta, South Australia by yours truly.