To answer the following questions in a singular manner.
I started writing nearly thirty years ago
Mainly friends inspired me to write this book as I told them of my ideas and sang the accompanying songs.
This was my first book however my second book 'Trolling For Sharks' was published first.
My first book was a snapshot of life as a teacher on Groote Eylandt circa 1980s
My genre I call casual campfire Australiana. ie- as if I were telling a tale around a campfire.
I feel at ease with this genre and it is easy to incorporate humour.
My advice is 'just do it'. Bounce it off your friends. If they like it, keep going.
At present I am working on a children's book with my daughter Monique, (an accomplished animator)
The title 'A concise History of Drop Bears and Yowies in Australia'.
My daughter has acquired my sense of humour.
The hardest part about being an author is wondering whether your work will be well received.
Unbelievable follows the life of a young Australian lad who wishes to build his own farm and become self sufficient. His brother gives him some seeds which he acquired whilst backpacking through Turkey which turned out to be ambrosia, a long lost, ancient spice. It has suitable properties to marijuana but it is also a flavour enhancer and more. He cultivates this plant but ends up getting involved with criminals whilst trying to sell it but he gets there under duress. He flees Sydney when things get too hot and teams up with a long lost uncle living in Western New South Wales, together they formulate a plan to clean up an old farm and turn it into an education centre devoted to research and development in the fields of agriculture and industry. Again, he is confronted with criminals and flees North where he hides out in the bush, north of Cooktown and befriends the indigenous population. He continues to grow ambrosia but again falls foul of criminals even though he managed to channel the money back to his uncle's farm. While he was away up North, the farm, under the guidance of his girlfriend and uncle has proceeded as he anticipated. Part 1 of Unbelievable ends in a combination of the criminals meeting up with his friends and the initial keepers of the secret of ambrosia at his uncle's wake.
I wrote some songs which fell into a sequence which started the story. Over thirty songs have been completed, which form the musical, Unbelievable.
As present, I spend approximately two hours a day but am only in the process of re-writing Unbelievable, Part 2. When I wrote the initial story, I would for four hours plus a day.
I don't have particular favourites but I do follow the works of such authors from David Baldacci to Robert Barrett to Clive James to Spike Milligan to Lee Child to Stephen King.
Author: Trev Brown
Genre: Action / Adventure
Starting in the 1970s, an adventure which follows the trials and tribulations of a young guy trying to make an improvement in his nation’s agricultural and industrial initiatives. He finds that good things can happen from bad, and bad things can happen from good. The story contains an underlying indigenous theme.
At age 59, this book was started over 20 years ago. Now a retired teacher and full time carer of an invalid father residing in Forster NSW. When the book was being written, the thought of a musical came to mind. With a little help from his friends, the author completed the musical in 2003. The cost of publication has always been a worry. His second book “Trolling For Sharks” was released on Keeaira Press in 2005.
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